Bully Cat Tips
Multi-cat household aggression
In multi-cat households, one cat will often stat to "bully" the other - chasing it, not allowing access to the litter tray, just generally annoying the other - all common behaviours. This can be very upsetting to the owner who just wants a peaceful household. Try these tips to help your cats get along...
1. Give all cats in the household space. Space to find a bed of their own. Space to sit and view their world. Space and safety to toilet. Cats often use time partitioning to separate territory (yours in the morning, mine at night!).
2. Where possible, let the cats decide who is boss. You interfering will only make things worse. Only interfere if someone is being hurt or their freedom severely restricted.
3. Give each cat your individual attention. If necessary, ensure other cats are out of the room (especially if your attention is on the “undercat”).
4. Play with your cats so that the bully does not need to use his energy in terrorising the other cat.
5. Train the bully cat and occupy his body and mind in learning tricks.
Always think carefully before you introduce another cat into your household. Wanting them to be friends may be too optimistic. A harmonious and quiet household should be your goal.