Feral or not, your kitty may get tangled up in a fight, especially if they are an outdoor cat. Indoor cats are not as prone to this risk, unless they find themselves outside, or a stray visitor comes inside. Two or more indoor cats can also have their “bad” days.
If you intend to allow your cat to roam outside, it is seriously recommended that you take your furry bundle to your veterinarian from a young age and start getting him vaccinated! Make sure this is done every year, without question!
This is necessary if you don’t want your kitty to get infected by nasty diseases like Feline Aids (FIV), which is transmitted through blood, during fights. This also protects your kitty from a number of other different diseases such as Feline Leukemia (FLV). It is also highly advisable to get him (or her) neutered. Male cats, that are not neutered, will fight fiercely over an intact female, especially if she is in heat. This can leave both cats in tatters and spayed males can find themselves in
the middle of something they don’t understand, at all.
Cats fighting outside, especially at night, can be quite of a shock. Sometimes they can sound close to a child shrieking or yelling. It is definitely the last thing you want to hear when you’re trying to sleep! One of the best ways to break up an outdoor cat fight is to turn the hose on them. Noises won’t startle them. as they are concentrating too much on each other!
For indoor cats, obviously water all over the carpet is unwanted, so try placing a large object between the two of them, which will interrupt their eye contact and concentration. Anything from a chair or worse case a broom can help startle them enough to question their thought process.
Do NOT ever pick one of the cats up or put part of your body in between the two cats, that are about to get into a fight. Cat bites can not only hurt, but are more likely to become infected than dog bites.
If they are indoor cats, try giving the cats a ‘time out’ and separating the two for a period of time, as well.
A good tell-tale sign that a cat is frightened is that the hair will stand up all over his/her body. When a cat feels threatens or is ready to attack, you will see the hair stand up in a narrow band along the spine and tail to make him look bigger. This is also a good time to get out that hose or chair!
The average lifespan of an outdoor feral cat is about three years! If you love your kitty and want him to have a healthy life, keep him indoors and he can live a whopping 16 years or more!
Not only will you benefit from keeping your kitty living longer indoors, it will save you expensive veterinary bills, due to infected scratches, broken teeth, torn ears, diseases and more. Hopefully, there won’t be any these nasty one-on-ones.
Keep all your felines spayed and neutered and typically, there will be less to fight about.