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Is Your Cat a Bully?

If you live in a multi-cat house, you might find that one of the cats is aggressive and bullies the other cats in the house. This is usually called territorial aggression, but in reality, it is not always territorial issues that are the problem.

Sometimes, the aggressive cat may pick on just one of the other cats. That cat might be a new cat in the group, or it can even be a cat that the bully cat has gotten along with previously. It often occurs when the cat anywhere from 8 months to 2 years old, and often the aggression will develop over time, starting with just growling and hissing. It can then progress to chasing and swatting and fighting or attacks.

The cat or cats that are being bullied become afraid of the aggressive cat and may begin to hide in areas away from the bully cat and can even experience litter box problems due to not having access to the area that the litter box is kept because of the presence of the aggressive cat. Obviously, the victimized cat needs to have an area that they feel safe in and that they have access to food, water and a litter box. They also need protection from injury and stress.

To help alleviate the problem, separate the cats when feeding. Put the aggressive cat in a room alone to eat instead of feeding them all together. When they are done eating, remove the food and water bowls to avoid this territorial aggression. Much like a child that is misbehaving, if you see the lead cat being aggressive, give them a time-out by again, separating them. They’ll soon learn that the aggressive behavior isn’t working out for them.

You may have to go as far as to separate the cats temporarily and reintroduce them in the same way that you would introduce a new cat, slowly letting them become accustomed to each other all over again, separating them again at the first sign of aggression.

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Litter Training and Your Cat

Cats are generally clean animals and instinctively want to “go” where they can bury it. The cat litter box filled with litter provides an area where the can bury their waste. Most cats quickly adapt to litter box use if you follow a few guidelines on litter box management.

The litter box should be placed in a clean, quiet location that is easily accessible to the cat. Do not place it in high traffic areas and keep the litter box away from children and other animals in the house. Below are some tips for successful litter training.

    • First thing to do is to show your cat where the litter box is. Place your cat in the box. She will sniff around. You can rake your fingers through the litter to show your cat what to do with it.

    • If you have a multi-cat household, you might want to have more than one litter box. Some cats are territorial about their litter boxes and cats generally don’t like to use the same area as other cats to eliminate.

    • Cats like a clean litter box. Scoop the waste out daily and change the litter completely at least once a week. A solution of water and vinegar will help to eliminate odor when cleaning the litter box. Baking soda added to the litter will also help to eliminate cat box odor. Pour about an inch and a half of clean litter into the box when changing the litter.

    • Keep the litter box away from your cat’s food and water bowls. Cats don’t like to eliminate close to where they eat.

    • If your cat does have an accident, clean the area immediately with a solution of white vinegar and water (half water and half vinegar). You can also use the commercial cat urine neutralizers sold in pet stores. This will help to prevent your cat from returning to that area to eliminate.

    • Do not use punishment when litter training your cat. Just firmly say “no” if they have an accident and place the cat in the litter box and praise her.

    • Cats digest food very quickly, so place your cat in the litter box a few minutes after a feeding.

Once a cat discovers they can bury their waste, they will quickly become acclimated to using the litter box.

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