Most times, introducing a new cat or kitten to the home creates a bully. It is either the existing ones that begin bullying the newcomer as a way to protect their turf or the new cats begin bullying as a way to assert dominance or express nervousness. Cats don’t always get along with one another.
Most times, a personality conflict may develop between two cats which can lead to hissing, fur flying, and claws striking. A cat may display acts like physically pushing the other away to claim access to owners or resting place, staring, Pouncing onto the other cat (especially when they are asleep), sitting in front of entry or exit point to block the way for the other, blocking access to the litter boxes etc as a sign of bullying the other cats.
Other behaviors of a bully include biting, scratching, hissing, toy hoarding, litter box guarding, territorial aggression, and no joke, mean stares.
How to stop my cat from bullying my other cats
In order to stop your cat from bullying other cats, you have to:
IDENTIFYING THE CAUSE: Once you figure out the bullying acts between your cats, it will help you to identify the driving force behind it. It is very difficult to stop your cat from bullying the other if you don’t know why the aggression started in the first place.
CREATE A CALMER, SPACIOUS, AND MORE PEACEFUL HOUSEHOLD: Help create a more relaxed household by playing with your cats a lot. Grab a treat and get your cats to chase you up and down the house together. If you engage your cats’ minds out a little, they will feel less of a need to bully or fight each other.
Create more space in your household to give them their own territory, and help your cats feel more confident. Look for places where one cat typically corners the other and try to put a cat tree there. This will also give them more space to call their own.
CONSIDER SEPARATING THEM FROM BEING AND DOING THINGS TOGETHER: Get more litter boxes since cats can be pretty territorial about where to pee. Try to provide one litter box per cat or more. Separate their food and water bowls too. Cats have this instinctual need to protect their food, so forcing them to eat out of the same bowl may create unnecessary tension.
REINTRODUCE YOUR CATS: if things are getting too tensed between your cats, you may have to reintroduce them to each other over again. Start by keeping them in a separate room and swapping their blankets so they can get used to each other’s scent in a conducive environment. Feed them on opposite sides of a closed door.
Once you have done a great job by keeping them calm in this situation, you can allow them to be in the same room. Give them their favorite treat and see if you can distract their attention from each other using a toy. The mission is to teach them to associate with each other with a positive experience, eventually learning that they aren’t threats.
A proper introduction really matters a lot. So, be diligent and patient enough. Most of all, Make sure they have a safe environment to retreat to and a chance to establish themselves in a home.