kung fu kitty -  BAST AND HORU

what does it mean when 2 cats growl and meow at each other until 1 slowly walks away

i have 2 feral cats that i feed and if they run into each other in the yard they have a stare down and growl at each other 1 will lay down first then the other then 1 will finally walk away slowly

Asked by kung fu kitty - BAST AND HORU on Jun 17th 2008 in Aggression
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Oscar J. Cat

Izzie is absolutely right. That's dominance and territorial stuff. If they do fight, try not to get in the middle of it. They're feral so they probably will not understand that you're trying to help and you could be badly injured.

If trapping is a possibility, I would look into that. A lot of cat rescues have the resources to trap feral cats to get them fixed even if they're not good candidates for adoption. Some cats have been feral for too long to be good house pets.

Oscar J. Cat answered on Jun 18th.

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Izadore (Izzie)

This "posturing" is a way for them both to let the other know that they "own" this particular territory. If the same one always walks away, this is the submissive cat, and the other is the agressor or the "winner" of the stare-down. I hope that it won't escalate into a fight some day, because one might not survive. Is there any way you can trap, neuter and return these guys? It would probably cut down on the "show and tell" they're doing, and also on the feline population in your neighborhood.

Izadore (Izzie) answered on 6/17/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


The other posters are exactly right. It's sort of like professional wrestling--all posturing, little action (except that when there IS action, it is dead serious, and there are no financial kickbacks). The same thing goes on, with less lethal violence, with house cats when a new cat appears on the scene and they're trying to figure out who's going to be Number One Cat. It can also occur between males who are vying for the attentions of a female. In any event, although TNR is always a responsible thing to do, DO be careful. If you get scratched or bitten, especially on the hands, arm, or face, get immediate medical care--you will need to have the wound(s) cleaned, antibiotics, and possibly stitches and/or a tetanus shot (I speak from experience!). And if you have cats at home, do be careful about avoiding unnecessary contact with the ferals, which could give your own children diseases they could do without. Make sure your own kitties are current with their shots!

Lola answered on 6/18/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer