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Why do cats lick each other and then fight?

October 12, 2021

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Cats lick each other because it is a sign of affection. Cats will rub against each other and wrap their body around their head. This behavior is called “Allorubbing”. The cats usually do this when they are happy.

When a cat goes into a fight stance and starts licking another cat, it could signify fighting. It can also play fighting-the two cats may “fight” over toys or small creatures like mice.

Why do cats fight?

The more often and the longer they fight, the more it becomes a part of their behavior. Cats also might lick each other after a fight just to reunite and clean themselves up.

The reasons why cats lick each other vary from situation to situation. In some cases, it is a sign of affection, and other times it might be a threat or a warning that the other cat should flee. If your pet is licking you, it might mean they want to groom you as well! Grooming is a sign of affection as well.

So next time your cat licks you, remember that it’s just their way of saying, “I love you!”

Why are my bonded cats fighting?

Cats who have had a very close bond with each other may fight if something, such as another new cat in the house, causes tension. Your cats might be fighting because there is too much affection, and they want some time apart to get used to things again. These types of fights are usually over quickly.

My cats just got back together after being separated. Why are they licking each other?
If your cats have been away from one another for a while, coming back together may result in some tension. The first time they see each other again after the separation, they might go right to grooming and licking each other. This is their way of showing affection and forgiveness for the fight they had.

What can I do to stop my cats from fighting?

If your cat has been acting aggressive towards another, you should separate them so that they have time on their own to relax and calm down. Make sure you give them plenty of attention when they are by themselves, so they don’t feel the need to fight with another cat for your love.

Suppose your cats have been together forever, and one starts acting aggressively. In that case, you might want to consider a visit from the vet as it could be a sign of illness or discomforts.

You mustn’t physically hurt or harm them when they are fighting. This can make things worse as this is their way of releasing tension and aggression. It is best to stay away from them until they calm down.

Why do my cats play fight?

Cats might use your lap or a chair as a place to sit together so that the other cat does not have access, for instance, if one cat always sits in one chair and another prefers the other.

If both want to sit in the same place, they might briefly fight before establishing that neither cat can take that spot. Cats also sometimes fight with their owners when you are petting them, or your hand is otherwise occupied; this is a sign of affection and not aggression.

Why do cats bite each others necks while grooming?

Cats will often bite each other’s necks when grooming because they mirror the mother cat’s behavior. When kittens first begin to groom themselves, they use their mother as a model for doing it properly, meaning that she will sometimes bite them on the neck.

This is not seen as painful or aggressive, but instead, it is a way of teaching the kittens were to groom.

Do cats lick to show dominance?

Cats may lick each other to show dominance, but it only happens during a fight and not as a warning to other cats. Cats will also lick each other to groom and show affection. Telling the difference between these behaviors can be difficult for us!

Conclusion

Suppose your cats have been together forever, and one starts acting aggressively. In that case, you might want to consider a visit from the vet as it could be a sign of illness or discomforts.

You mustn’t physically hurt or harm them when they are fighting. This can make things worse as this is their way of releasing tension and aggression. It is best to stay away from them until they calm down.

Mary Wilson
Mary Wilson
I am a happy cat parent and animal lover, and I am from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA. Living with three cats and my lovely husband - James. We like traveling around with our cats and writing in our free time. Sharing what we have learned over the years of cat ownership brings joy.
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