JUST had a cat fight on the back patio!
Yowling, screaming, biting, clawing tomcats!
My housekitties leaped off their sleeping perches and ran to the kitchen to see what all the fuss was. I was quickly behind them, saying in a sing-song voice: it's okay babies, I'll fix it, everything's allright, babies...
I turned on the patio light and grabbed my flashlight. I saw where the two cats were facing off with each other, about 15' from the back door. I scooted my kitties away from the door and went out. The two were fuzzed up, giving each other the stare-down from less than 12" apart and yowling back and forth at each other. The black cat's fur looked all disrupted and wet from the grass. The tabby cat had a wad of black hair in his mouth.
I stepped close to them, talking to them and telling them to "Quit it!" "Stop that!" and saying "SSSHHHHSSSSTT!" every time they yowled. I stepped a little closer to them and put the head of my flashlight between them, using it to push them away from each other. The tabby cat stepped off a few paces. The black cat tried to stalk him down, but I stepped in front of him and used my flashlight again to push him off course. Every time they traded yowls, I'd say another "SSSSHHHHSSSTT!". The tabby went to run off into the night, but he crossed behind me, between me and the back door and of course, that brought him back into the same area the black cat was in and he turned and followed the tabby cat into the night. I wasn't leaving the light of the porch even if I did have a flashlight.
If they injure each other, I can probably treat the black cat because he hangs around all day, but the tabby cat I only see periodically in the evening. He did let me pet him a few nights ago, but I doubt he would let me restrain him for any kind of dosing.
Man. Tomcats. They are just going to have to wait until I have the health to be able to get them neutered. I hope I can do it before they kill each other.
*edit to add*
I felt I needed to add this explanation in case anyone new to CF didn't know about these cats.
These cats do not belong to me.
They are strays that showed up after Dusty died and have decided to hang around. I have been feeding them and plan to get them neutered, but it has to wait until I have the health/strength to be able to get them to/from the appointments. The black cat is super-friendly and the tabby cat is possibly semi-feral, though he let me pet him a few days ago.