There are tell-tale signs that your multiple cats will exhibit that let you know if they consider themselves friends or enemies.
Of course, it may be obvious to you that two of your cats are getting along. They play nicely, may groom each other and often will sleep touching each other or at least in close proximity. There are some other behaviors that cats use with each other when they feel comfortable, I spoke about these on the podcast episode, number 72 and here are the lists I promised you.
From the book, “Cat Sense,” by John Bradshaw, here are the signs that cats do or do not get along with each other.
Cats that get along, and tend to feel that they are part of a same social group, will:
Raise and hold their tails straight up when they see each other.
Rub against each other, when walking along or passing by.
Play gentle, “fake fighting” games together and will share their toys.
Cats that have set up separate territories in the house and don’t really get along will:
Chase or run away from one another and avoid contact. You may notice that one cat consistently leaves the room when one enters.
Watch each other intently and may hiss or spit when they meet.
Look unusually tense, if they are in the same room.
Interact separately with you. They may sit on opposite sides of you to avoid any physical contact with each other.
When sleeping, they stay far apart in widely separated spots. One of the cats may sleep somewhere high up, like on the cat tree to purposely avoid the other one and they may sleep defensively, with their posture looking tense and ears twitching.
Purposely, restrict the movements of the other cat, by, for example, sitting for hours at the top of the stairs so that the other cat does not dare to go there.
If you have multiple cats in your home, are they friends or do they avoid each other or get into fights often? What other behaviors have you seen? Let’s start a discussion. Please, leave your comments.