One Cat’s Fighting is Another Cat’s Playtime…
Somebody left a comment the other day on a post I did featuring a very serene picture of Zee, asking me if my darling family of eight cats fight with each other. To which I say, the better question to ask would be, “Do pigs fly?”
The simple answer is “yes.” The more truthful answer is “no.” If that seems a bit contradictory, let me explain. By the very nature of being a cat, cats enjoy the act of hunting, jumping, playing, prowling, hiding, and seeking. Because of that, just like children who like to wrestle for the fun of it, my cats enjoy playing with one another for the fun of it and sometimes on the surface it would appear as if they are fighting with each other, but actually they are not.
Once in a blue moon moment, tempers will flare and things can get a bit heated and actual fights do erupt, but normally those are a result of some instinctual cause and effect behavioral trigger that is worthy of a thesis to fully comprehend. Abridged version – intruders come into the yard, such as evil birds, and one cat will take out its latent aggression on another cat that is standing in its path because it cannot direct its wrath on the actual birds. The same thing might occur if you bring one cat home from the vet. The other cats become overly stimulated by the strange smells emitting from the cat in question and might lash out in anger, in this case, anger by assimilation, which is actually more of an instinct based on fear and feeling threatened by the unfamiliar sensation than wanting to fight with the cat that they are actually comfortable and friendly with under normal circumstances.
And sure, there could be an occasion squabble at dinner time with some random swatting at one another, but for the most part it is relatively harmless. All things considered, with 8 cats in the house it could be far worse. There really are no fights over territory – we have more than enough high and low spots for the cats to converge upon and more times than not, several cats are snuggled up tight next to one another and they take comfort in sharing spaces together.
The only time we really had any fighting was when our little terror entered the household – Kizmet. But his fights were merely a direct relation to the fact he was a kitten with an unlimited bundle of energy that he wanted to exert with the others. So, even though there has been an increase in rough and tumble behavior instigated by him, the other cats either walk away or play back with him. He and his “older brother” Rolz continue to engage in serious bouts of playtime and Zoey will also encourage some serious rabbit kicking style wrestling with him. But there is never anything so brutal that we would have to call Jackson Galaxy from “My Cat From Hell” for a behavioral intervention.
So, yes, the cats do fight, but not really… does that make sense? How about those of you that have more than one cat – do they fight with each other?
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