The outright aggression is the one cat parents notice but sadly, it’s the conflict that just bubbles under the surface that can go on for years without being addressed.

You may have not realized the subtle signs of conflict during mealtime as one cat consistently backs off when the other cat enters the room.

You may not have paid much attention during playtime to how one cat is the main participant when you get out a single interactive toy for both cats.

He may even begin to display sickness behaviors from the ongoing stress (such as decreased appetite, elimination out of the litter box, vomiting, diarrhea, etc).

A more assertive cat may engage in resource guarding.

You may want your cats to share one community food bowl in the kitchen or share one big litter box in the laundry room but one or both of those things may be what’s triggering conflict.

Much of a cat’s social interaction with other cats has to do with resource availability.Cats don’t misbehave out of spite but when a cat parent interprets it that way and spanks, yells or squirts water at one cat for a perceived infraction, it doesn’t help the feline relationships.A cat getting intimidated by another cat may have resorted to eliminating outside of the litter box due to fear.Now that you know how important resource security is to your cat, you can be more watchful for those subtle signs of tension you may have previously overlooked.The solution, in many cases, is simply to increase the number of resources.Even though you’re sure you’ve put enough food in the bowl for both cats, one of the cats may not feel that way.