How to Break up Cat Fights

05/16/2012

How to Break up Cat Fights

By Mary Mathews

 

Here are some tips on how to do it…

1. Avoid hitting the cats or getting your hands anywhere near their mouths. Hitting could make the situation worse and could cause the
attack to be redirected toward you.

2. Spray the aggressor with a water hose. If this doesn’t make a difference, aim for the nostrils.

3. Hold a broom between the cats to separate them.

4. Use a noisemaking device such as an air horn to drive the animals apart, and be prepared to move away quickly or defend yourself.

5. The quickest way to break up a cat fight is loud hissing, spitting, and a glass of water appropriately applied (aim for the face).

6. Put a magazine or a newspaper between the two cats to block their vision of each other. This works where the cats are in a frozen position,
but not yet making contact. It allows the frightened one to run away (if it can) and you can pick up the dominant one if it is tame. Without
blocking the sight of the other cat, picking up or even touching the aggressive cat can make the attack start. Usually the frightened cat is
cornered and can’t get away, so your only option may be to move the aggressor after blocking it’s view.

Abscesses resulting from cat fights can pose serious health risks and are expensive to treat.

A cat can become infected with feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) when it is bitten – such as in a cat fight. FIV will be transmitted only if the biting animal is carrying the virus.

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