Your cat’s best friend may not be another cat. Cats are very territorial creatures and often vehemently defend their turf. And even cats who have gotten along in the past may start to rub one another the wrong way. But you can help get their relationship back on track.
Adding a second cat
Many people adopt a second cat thinking that the resident cat will be appreciate the companionship. This is a risky move. The fact that your cat is sweet and loving with you doesn’t mean he’s going to be sweet to another cat. Because your cat is territorial, it’s not uncommon for the addition of a new cat to the household to create some inter-cat strife.
Although you can increase the chances that they will get along or at least tolerate one another by making proper introductions, there’s no way to predict whether cats will get along with each other. Unfortunately, there’s no training method that can guarantee that they ever will. But we’re here to help negotiate a truce.
Types of aggressive behaviors
First, let’s understand the different types of aggression and what causes them.
This occurs when a cat feels that an intruder has invaded her territory.
A cat may be aggressive toward one cat (usually the most passive), yet friendly and tolerant with another.
Problems often occur when a new cat is brought home, a young kitten reaches maturity, or a cat sees or encounters neighborhood cats outside.
Typical behavior includes stalking, chasing, ambushing, hissing, loud meowing, swatting, and preventing access to places (such as the litter box, bedroom, etc.)
Female cats can be just as territorial as males.