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Feature October 2019 Issue

Managing Territorial Aggression in a  Multi-Cat Household

It’s all exquisitely orchestrated. Later on the orange cat will get the “lower floor.”

Managing Territorial Aggression in a Multi-Cat Household

Think of the solution as 'time sharing.'

Cats are by nature territorial animals. They work hard in the wild to carve out their own space because, as solitary predators, they rely on their own abilities to catch prey rather than acting in groups. They also try to avoid chance encounters with other cats in order to sidestep fighting and injury. What that means is that even if two cats claim the same territory and forage in the same general vicinity, they don’t forage at the same time.

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