Another Cat is Bullying My Cat: What to Do?

If you have a cat, they almost definitely either fight or play around with another feline. However, your pet may be experiencing more bullying than playfulness. Here are some ways to stop that problem and ensure that your cat is living the life it should be.

another cat is bullying my cat
another cat is bullying my cat

Bullying or behavioral issues in cats can be tricky to diagnose and deal with. The first step is to really analyze your cat’s situation.

Aggression between cats is a common problem, and can be difficult to resolve without professional intervention. There are many causes of aggression in cats, including territorial issues, social instability, and feline psychopathy.

What Is a Bully Cat?

what is a bully cat
what is a bully cat

These type of cats do not have their own territory and is constantly looking for food. When they find a territory, it often takes it over. Bully cats are usually neutered, spayed or recovering from neutering.

They are also territorial creatures who only allow other cats in the area if they are old enough to be able to hold their own.

They also often look malnourished and underweight. Some types of bully cats are stray cats and those that were previously owned by an outdoor cat. One of the reasons why bully cats are becoming more common is because many owners do not allow their cats outdoors, which can seem like a medical issue.

However, outdoor cats are often not as willing to share as indoor cats and they also tend to hang around with other stray cats and steal their food. 

Signs of Bullying in Cats

signs of bullying in cats
signs of bullying in cats

Some signs of bullying in cats are visible and others aren’t. Some visible signs of bullying in cats are:

• If a cat’s ears and tail are down, and the cat is not confident and hiding

• Excessive grooming

• Avoidance of certain places and people

• Dilated pupils

• Loss of appetite

• Walking on the tips of their toes

• Licking or chewing themselves excessively

Some less visible signs of bullying in cats are:

• Paw biting or chewing

• Discharge from the ears or nose

• Excessive meowing

• Destructiveness

• Hiding

• Curled up position

• Clawing at walls

Why Do Cats Bully?

why do cats bully
why do cats bully

Most cats will often bully other cats when they’re feeling threatened, and this is a natural behavior. When a cat feels like they’re in danger or intimidated, they’ll often lash out. It can be hard to distinguish between a cat who’s bullying and a cat who’s playing.

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They may even do both at the same time. Cat play is just normal kitten behavior, but bullying is a sign that something isn’t right. It’s up to you to understand how your cat is feeling. If you catch on early enough, you can use positive reinforcement to teach your cat healthy ways to feel safe.

Cats often exhibit territorial aggression, especially if they feel threatened. The more cats feel threatened, the more likely they are to attack.

Cat bullying: How to Help Your Bullied Cat

how to help your bullied cat
how to help your bullied cat

If you have a cat that is being picked on by another, here are some tips to help your bullied cat:

• Give the bullied cat a safe place to retreat to. A high place, a tall structure, a hiding spot, a tall tree, a tall chair, a tall stack of boxes, a tall table – anything that will give them a feeling of security.

• When you see your cat being picked on, intervene. Act quickly so the bully doesn’t have time to carry out their intentions. If your cat is being bullied on a regular basis, you can be their guardian angel and protect them.

• If you catch the bully in the act, you can help your cat by scaring them off with loud noises. Or if the bullying is going on for too long, you can hold the cat in a safe place and call the bully over to you and then take your cat away when they approach.

Get a Microchip Cat Flap

microchip cat flap
microchip cat flap

A microchip cat flap is a type of door in a cat’s cage that can be opened and closed by either a person or the cat itself. The door will only open when it recognizes the microchip placed in the cat.

A microchip cat flap offers an accurate way to keep track of which cats are allowed inside the house. It does not take much time or effort to enter a new cat’s information into the device, which means that other wild cats are not able to come in.

Speak to the Cat’s Owner

speak to cat's owner
speak to cat’s owner

Speak to the owner of the cat that is bullying your cat and tell them about the situation. The owner might not even know they are being a bully and don’t realize how much their cat is harming your cat. If the problem doesn’t go away, your cat may be at risk for injury or worse.

If you feel confident enough to confront the cat owner of their cat, do so in a kind and calm manner. You can politely ask them if they would like to discuss with you their cats behavior and if it would be possible for you to give them some helpful advice.

Build an Enclosed Catio

Enclosed Catios are an awesome way to provide your cat with space without exposing them to the elements. Cats are sensitive to high temperatures and they are prone to illness in extreme temperatures, so why not give them a safe place to get away from the heat? Plus, the enclosed environment will help keep unwanted cats away. Catios come in all different shapes and sizes.

Create the Perfect Outdoor Toilet for you Cat

Don’t let your cat miss out on any of the great outdoors because of a small human bathroom. You can create the perfect outdoor toilet to avoid cat bullying, by creating an indoor outdoor bathroom.

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Start by building a small shed, with one entryway. The front should be open so the cat can come and go as they please. The inside should be lined with sand or soil to make for a comfortable place to potty. Place a water bowl on the other side of the enclosure. Hang a scratching post and cat tree in the middle of the space, along Catio to create a fun place for your cat to spend time in their bathroom.

Give your Cat Some Hiding Places

Most cats like to hide in corners and under furniture. Make use of these spaces by providing a place for your cat to hide. Create several nooks and crannies to give your cat somewhere to retreat when they need a break from being outside. Use a variety of hanging plants to add interest and hiding spots to your indoor cat area.

Cover the Windows

Many people cover their windows with a screen door to protect their cat from being bullied by other cats. This is a good idea and makes sense, however if your cat likes to look out the window then a screen door can be very frustrating. The best solution is to cover the windows with blinds or curtains.

Use a Pheromone Diffuser

A pheromone diffuser is a device that emits pheromones into the air to influence your cat’s behavior. The device diffuses the pheromones into the air, which may help to reduce stress in cats. This will help calm your cat down and help them feel safe when they are feeling nervous.

Encourage your Cat to Play

encourage your cat to play
encourage your cat to play

Cats are natural hunters who love to explore the home. Many cats enjoy playing with their owners, but this may be lost on some because many people think they can’t play with their cat due to their claws. This is not true. For the most part, cats will use their claws when they play in order to get traction. Encourage your cat to play by playing in the same manner they do.

How do You Get a Cat to Stop Attacking Another Cat?

Give Them Their Personal Space

Cats are known to be social animals, but they need to have their own space in order to feel comfortable. When they go into this space, they will do what they do when they are in the wild; hunt, play, groom themselves, and sleep.

There is an area in the home that is made for cats to use for this purpose, like the top of the fridge, the top of the cat tree, or the top of the furniture.

Encourage play by providing interactive toys for your cat to play with, as well as a litter box and water dishes so they will have somewhere to go when they need to expand their energy.

Create a Calmer, More Peaceful Household

Cats are naturally more inclined to be anxious. They are more sensitive to stimuli, too, so it is important for owners to keep them calm and sheltered from all the stimuli of the outside world.

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There are many things an owner can do to create a calmer household for their cat, such as minimizing all outside stimuli, keeping a small room inside the house as a “safe zone” for your cat, and keeping their litter box, food, water, and bedding all in the same place so your cat has no choice but to be in that small space all the time.

Get Them Spayed or Neutered

cat neutering
cat neutering

The difference between a neutered and unneutered cat is night and day. An unneutered cat will seek sexual release to alleviate sexual tension and will become more aggressive and territorial in order to find a mate. Sterilizing a cat would reduce this tension and allow the cat to be more even-tempered and patient.

A new cat training technique promises to help curb aggression between your cat and other pets, not to mention prevent pregnancies that may take place in your house.

Separate the Resources

separate cat resources
separate cat resources

If one of your cats is a vicious bully, you can consider placing their food bowls in different rooms to decrease their chances of encountering one another. Removing these things will give each cat their own private space, which will prevent them from feeling threatened by another cat’s presence in the house.

Reintroduce the Cats

When the bullying becomes intense, you will need to become their friend and break up the brawl. This doesn’t always work, and sometimes one or both of the cats will end up fleeing from the other. In this case, you need to try again.

Do Cats Feel Love?

A researcher and psychotherapist who has spent more than two decades studying cats and their bond with humans, Dr. John Bradshaw has noted that cats may not be as expressive as dogs, but they are just as likely to feel affection for their owners. The bond between cats and their owners may be a strong one, but there is still some doubt about how cats perceive the world around them.

Should I Get Another Cat?

If you’re looking to replace your cat with a new cat, I recommend checking out petfinder.com and searching for local shelters to adopt one. If you find a cat that really catches your eye, make an appointment to meet her and bring her home if she’s available. But only replace your cat if you have exhausted all options to treat them.

Are Some Cats Just More Aggressive than Others?

There are many factors that influence the aggressiveness of a cat, including breed, gender, age, territory, mating behavior, and hormones. Most cats are not aggressive, but some are more defensive, territorial, or predatory in nature.

The most aggressive cats are also the most fearful and potentially dangerous. Luckily, there are a variety of ways to handle an aggressive cat, as discussed above.

Another Cat is Bullying my Cat – Conclusion

my cat is being bullied by another cat
my cat is being bullied by another cat

Bullying is a common problem in cats. Most cats are not aggressive, but some are more defensive, territorial, predatory in nature, or even show signs of redirected aggression.

All in all, if the above tips and recommendations are not enough to overcome your problem, please pay a visit to your local veterinary.