Some of you may have wondered if your cats like each other or merely tolerate the other one by staying in the same house.
Usually, cats live alone, although they can form special bonds with a fellow furry friend if they are the only ones at home.
In general, signs of a healthy and happy relationship between cats include the following:
- Cats are “nosing” each other.
- When one cat is around, the other will turn its head to keep an eye on it.
- They might start grooming each other or playfully swat at one another with their front paws.
- Cats often walk together on the same path at the same time.
- They regularly investigate one another and might meow to one another.
- On special occasions, they might even lick one another.
- Occasionally, they might play together with a toy.
- When one cat is in the litter box, the other will sometimes look in to see what’s going on.
- They will often share meals.
How do you know if cats don’t like each other
The more “overt” signs are easier for us to see as cat owners, like over-grooming, constant fighting, and litter box issues. It’s easier to see when cats are not getting along.
But when they seem to be doing fine and playing nicely together, you can tell that something else is going on that you might not be able to notice.
Pay attention to subtle movements that tell you about how well two cats are getting along with each other. These movements might include play, interacting, or grooming. Pay attention to the body language of your cat when it’s around another cat that you know it doesn’t like.
During playtime, do they both participate, or does one cat have to join in? Do they both enjoy the same kinds of activities, or are their ideas about fun different.
If they are of opposite sexes, is there any romance developing between them.
How can you tell if two cats are playing or fighting
When play escalates beyond simple ‘play,’ hissing may be heard. Some cats will try to get away and hide at this point, while others may stay and fight.
Hissing is a form of intimidation that can sometimes escalate into a full-blown fight. Cats that are hissing are often not happy with one another.
In most cases, an occasional hiss isn’t of concern as it indicates a misread play cue. However, if a cat hisses over and over or starts to hiss immediately, it sometimes means that this cat is quite distressed.
In these situations, a play session should be stopped, but just before you do, look out for other body sign language clues like claws extended, flattened ears, or even fur standing on end.
Cats typically hiss when they are feeling threatened in some way.
Play is fun for cats; it allows them to exhibit their curiosity, their strength, and most of all, their energy.
How do I know if my cats like each other
Look at the amount of time they spend together and their body language.
Mutual grooming is a great sign, while fighting is a bad sign, of course. Grooming behavior in cats is usually a sign of relaxation and bonding.
When they are sleeping and touching each other, this is another sign that they like each other. Signs of affection are head bunting, licking, snuggling, and more, I’m sure you’ve observed.
Another sign of their liking is how much they play together. The more time they spend together, the better it is.
If both cats are eating and using the litter box, this is also a good sign.
How do you get two cats to like each other
If you’ve ever tried to get two cats to like each other, it’s no laughing matter. It can be a long and tough process if you don’t know what you’re doing.
And while it’s tempting to just ignore the problem and hope that they’ll figure out their differences in time, getting two cats to coexist peacefully is one of those issues that require a little bit of work, not much, but hopefully, these tips will help.
- Make sure each cat has plenty of his or her own space. If you’re dealing with two cats that are brand new to your household, make sure each one has enough space to call her own. That way, they’ll have their own territory and won’t feel like they’re being crowded out of the house. They will need their own food and water bowls, their own litter boxes, and even their own beds. Having plenty of their own resources will help them feel like they’re not intruding on the other cat’s space.
- Keep plenty of cats’ favorite toys around for a distraction. The last thing you need is them fighting over the same squeaky mouse when you’re trying to get them to like each other.
- Make sure to pay plenty of attention to each cat as they love to feel special. This individual attention will help them understand that they’re both loved and valued. It is important to spend plenty of time with each cat, especially individually. Cats enjoy the attention, such as playtime and brushing. Snuggle time with each cat will help them realize that they’re both getting attention from you.
- Try to make the time they spend together enjoyable. Fun activities, like playing, can be encouraged by creating appropriate toys. Bring the cats together for supervised playtime at first, then watch and see what happens.
Is it OK if cats hiss at each other
Suppose you have one new cat already and are trying to introduce a new one to your home. Introducing a cat slowly is the key to avoiding stress and injuries.
At first, introduce them to a neutral zone with treats to keep each cat distracted. When they are comfortable enough, start feeding them side-by-side in the same room.
Cats hiss naturally; don’t worry. They hiss to communicate their emotions like irritation, stress, or fear.
They can coexist together with other cats, but they also can be territorial and aggressive by nature. Watch for signs of danger such as a high-pitched hiss, fur standing on end, or an arched back.
Then we have the situation where we might have several reasons why they are not getting along. Cats raised as the only pet could have issues in accepting other cats.
They might have a lack of experience in socializing with other cats and might be traumatized by the arrival of a littermate.
Cats are a territorial species.
– The key is to introduce them slowly
– Give them space
– Play with them to get them used to each other
– Close a door and place cat food bowls on each side.
– Don’t play rough games with your cats (your cat might feel intimidated)
How do you know if two cats are bonded
Do your cats show that they’re friends?
Cats who touch their bodies and faces on each other are bonded. They have scent glands on their cheeks, their sides, and also on the tops of their heads.
When cats rub up against each other, they share these scents. A friendly scent gland is found around their face and under their chin. These scents are very friendly and are to be shared as a greeting.
Cats have a way of communicating without talking.
When they are lying down beside each other, you should pay a little bit of attention to their tails. If they are comfortable with each other, their tails might be intertwined or used as a pillow. If you see this, then they are bonded and will likely stay close together.
Allogrooming Really Is Normal
If you see your cats grooming each other, are they bonded? Allogrooming is another display of social contact between animals that is a sign of bondedness. Allogrooming is one type of mutual grooming.
There are many other types of mutual grooming that cats might engage in. These behaviors can be seen as playful or aggressive depending on the cat’s intent and the relationship between them.
Cats love when they play
When cats play, it’s easy to tell that they are bonding. They are showing each other that they trust each other and are becoming familiar with each other.
When they play, the cats usually pounce on one another and are constantly watching and trying to out-maneuver one another. They’re also using their paw pads as a way to show affection.
Purring: Sometimes, what they’re saying is just “I love you.”
They can be very vocal when calling their cat buddy’s name, even in new and unfamiliar places. They will sleep next to their cat friend and will not want to be apart.
They follow each other around, and they paw at one another constantly. If their buddy is missing, they can be vocal when calling for them.
Cats sleeping together is the surest sign of mutual trust and friendship.
Sleeping together is a sign of trust and friendship and the biggest clue that they are bonded. They can feel vulnerable when sleeping alone, and a bonded pair won’t hesitate to share their space, moving in close together to sleep.
In addition, if one cat is upset, the other will come running over for a comforting head butt and maybe even a small chin rub.