Intercat aggression - general considerations, prevention and treatment

Tierarztl Prax Ausg K Kleintiere Heimtiere. 2011;39(2):97-104.


Although cats are a social species and capable of living together in groups of several cats, intercat aggression is a common behavioral problem. Intercat aggression can be classified as status-related, fear- related, play-related, redirected and can also be due to the addition of a new cat to an existing group. Socialization of kittens, choice of the right cat for a multicat household, and the gradual introduction of a new cat to the household can help to prevent intercat aggression. Treatment of intercat aggression should combine behavior modification, management and - if necessary - medication.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aggression* / physiology
  • Aggression* / psychology
  • Animals
  • Behavior Therapy / methods
  • Behavior, Animal*
  • Cats / psychology*
  • Female
  • Male
  • Psychotropic Drugs / therapeutic use


  • Psychotropic Drugs