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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-21-2009, 09:39 PM Thread Starter
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Is daily fighting normal?

Fern and Fergie are sisters, and I know that they're going to have their little fights, but I don't know what's normal for two young adult cats. Afternoons and evenings every day they start rolling around and whacking at each other. Usually Fergie starts it, pouncing on Fern as she's minding her own business. Fern's got three pounds on Fergie, so she usually throws her sister off without a problem, although Fergie will continue to pounce on Fern for ten minutes or so. I'll see some tufts of fur flying, but I don't get any hissing, crying, or other sounds of serious anger or pain. They seem to fight more if I give them an empty box from a 12-pack of soda. One of them will crawl into the box and get comfy, then the other one will bite that one on the butt, and then the smackdown starts for the next ten or fifteen minutes. Not sure what it is about that specific size of box, but it really seems to promote fights.

So is this totally normal behavior and I just need to get used to it? I get the feeling it is, but I want to be sure.

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Re: Is daily fighting normal?

My twins wrestle every single day, sometimes several times a day, but there's no fur flying. I think as long as there's no hissing or crying, it's okay.

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Drink more soda and give them each their own box.



...agreeed. If there are no noises, the fighting is still in "play" or "companionable" mode.



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Re: Is daily fighting normal?

They're not fighting, they're playing. Keep their nails clipped and let them have at it. It's good exercise too.


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Re: Is daily fighting normal?

Someone told me that if I still find them sleeping on the bed together later that day apparently it wasn't a true fight. It was just rough play.

I'll be the first to admit that Jack doesn't know how to properly play--he missed that as a kitten, and for as much as I know so did Harley. They get vocal during play, but I monitor it and have been using redirection. And I always find them together later on.

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Re: Is daily fighting normal?

Rusty gets VERY vocal during play, but I am positive that it is just how he plays. The other cats are obviously just wrestling for fun, and Rusty will scream and meow and grunt and yowl and whine the whole time. Then he is the one to come back for more.

Sometimes fur flies too, just little clumps. But no one ever gets hurt, and they are all still friends just minutes later.
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Re: Is daily fighting normal?

I'll add that mine are sisters and yup, they do that, too. They can go from washing each other's faces to a full-blown wrestling match in 30 seconds flat.

I don't know how much of the play-fighting is "play" and how much is "fighting," but I read in one of the Cat vs Cat-type books that if neither of the cats is screaming like it's being murdered, it's not serious and you can probably ignore it. I know my experience is that, no matter how vigorously they seem to be going at it, neither of them get so much as a scratch.

I wanted to add your box battles remind me of this story from the Onion:

Kitchen-Floor Conflict Intensifies As Rival House Cats Claim Same Empty Bag
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I wanted to add your box battles remind me of this story from the Onion:

Kitchen-Floor Conflict Intensifies As Rival House Cats Claim Same Empty Bag

That article could have said Fern and Fergie and you'd have my girls in a nutshell! Okay, so I'm getting that they're just playing, but it's still suspicious to me that they went totally nuts the first evening that they had a can of Wellness for dinner!

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