I have 2 male cats. About a year ago we also got a puppy. In the last couple of months they have been fighting a lot.

Does anyone know if this would be due to the new puppy? As the puppy has been in the family for at least 6 months.
Any factors I should be looking for that would cause the fighting?
Any ways to prevent the fighting?

Asked by Member 1192503 on Oct 1st 2013 in Behavior & Training
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Bezalel Tiger

Your pup is now a teenager and it is a territorial thing. You must always feed the cats first, then you, and the dog always LAST. In the dog's mind, this will show him his place and that the cats came before him. If there has been any peeing, you must clean it up with a pheromone-reducing product from the pet store instead of regular household cleaners, which animals can smell underneath with their better sense of smell. Give treats for no fighting. If you catch them in the act, pour a cup of water over their heads. This will break it up and send a strong message to both parties that fighting will not be tolerated in the home. You also might want to separate them during the day if you are not home until things settle down for all of them. Finally, buy the cats a vertical condo climbing space so that they have a high place where they can safely escape from the dog if need be. ^_^

Bezalel Tiger answered on 5/26/14. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer