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Solving tensions in the multi-cat household: 5 harmony tips


There were times when it was said that cats are loners. This myth has now been refuted - the multi-cat household is a concept that is increasingly found in German households. Where many cat personalities meet, it will never be boring. As with humans, however, tensions can also arise - after all, cat fights and conflicts are part of the situation when there are several velvet paws in one apartment. As a cat owner, however, you can take a few measures that counteract tensions in the multi-cat household. "Hey, I'm lying here today!" "It's good, don't blow your nose at me!" - Usually cats solve conflicts by themselves - Shutterstock / PAKULA PIOTR

My berth! My litter box! Give me some of your food! This is my toy! I don't want to play now, I want my peace - There are many opportunities for quarrels among cats. The multi-cat household, in which there is absolute harmony around the clock, does not exist. It is therefore important that you prevent conflicts as much as possible. The following five tips will help reduce possible causes of disputes.

1. A litter box for every cat

Many cats don't like to share their litter box. It is therefore best to set up a litter box for each cat. If several velvet paws have to go to a toilet, even though some of the fur noses do not like to share their cat litter, there will certainly be arguments and you may even find a few animal remains next to the litter box.

2. Separate feeding and drinking points for each cat

What applies to the litter box also applies to the food bowl and drinking bowl. Cats are sometimes very special when it comes to their food. Many velvet paws can only eat relaxed if they are completely undisturbed. If there are more tiger roaming around the bowl, which may also need to be protected from other people's faces, eating is quickly more stressful than enjoyment. Ideally, place the bowls in different rooms so that nobody gets in each other's way.

3. Offer a sufficient number of scratching and play areas

Cats don't just like to scratch around scratching posts and other scratching opportunities because they care for their claws. They also do this to mark areas and objects as theirs. It is therefore important that every cat in a multi-cat household has the opportunity to "take up" one or more places for itself. It is therefore best to set up several scratching posts and objects in the whole apartment, where your salon lions can use their claws. Read also in the guide: "Scratching posts in several cats: how many do you need?" Usually the cats regulate the "territorial battles" very quickly.

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4. Create retreats for each cat

Cats like to withdraw and often when they want to be left alone. In order to prevent disturbances from animal roommates, the tigers like to retreat into caves, boxes or on elevated platforms, where they can doze or sleep. So offer your kitty several horizontal and vertical spaces in the apartment that they can use as "private spaces".

5. Cat toys, fiddle board and Co.

In addition to several options for hiding and sleeping, several options for playing are also recommended. A multi-cat household should have several different toys for cats. Intelligence toys, fiddle boards and other cat toys will certainly not lie around unused if there are several cats in the apartment.