Multiple-cat households: How to help veterinary clients create harmony (Sponsored by Ceva Animal Health)
Although social, domestic cats don’t always get along well in multiple-cat homes. Here are some tips to share with your veterinary clients who own more than one cat, courtesy of Blackwell’s Five-Minute Veterinary Consult Clinical Companion: Canine and Feline Behavior by Dr. Debra Horwitz and Dr. Jacqui Neilson.
Resources such as litter boxes, feeding and water stations, scratching posts and pads, and resting perches at different vertical heights should be plentiful in multi-cat households. Cats should be allowed to avoid each other when possible, and owners should avoid creating spaces where a cat can trap another cat easily.
Older cats may need time alone from playful young kittens or cats. Active cats’ energy can be channeled in daily owner-initiated play sessions. All cats may require alone time to provide restful periods, while a synthetic pheromone may also help to reduce tension by creating affiliation or familiarity between cats.
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