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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 09-25-2007, 12:43 PM Thread Starter
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Aggression In Cats

Hello cat forum readers!

A family member recently had one of their dogs mauled and trumpeted to death by another dog(s) while they were in the shower. It happened shortly after the dogs were let out for the day to play in their very spacious dog run. This was not the first time the two/three puppies had been together; in fact they were bought within days of each other and have been together every day since. If frightens me that dogs who know each other, live and play with each other would simply turn on each other in a matter of minuets. I know that aggression in dogs can be a serious problem. You frequently hear about dogs biting other dogs or even killing other dogs on the news or courtroom TV shows and when this happen, although sad, it truly does not come as a surprise.

- But how about aggression in cats? -

This event has me worried that a similar thing can occur in cats. I have three cats ages 2.5-12mos. They get along great most days but they always have those kitty-scrapes from time to time. Has anyone ever heard of another cat killing another cat/kitten out of aggression? Do I have to have the same concerns that dog owners have?

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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 09-25-2007, 12:51 PM
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Cats very seldom come to actual blows. Cats go out of their way to avoid confrontations, and when one is inevitable, it's a lot of noise and posturing until one backs down or runs away. About the only time they'll actually come to blows is if it's over a female in heat. Or if one cat gets cornered with no way out. But they're pretty good about leaving themselves an opening.

Of course, cats do have play fights, and sometimes a scratch or a puncture will result from getting too rough. But I really don't think that what you're concerned about is something to waste too much time worrying about.
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