Sibling cats living together 'need their own space'

Tuesday, 31st January 2012

Multiple cat food bowls and litter trays can help cats living together feel that they have their own space, a vet has said.

Pete Wedderburn, writing for the Daily Telegraph, was responding to a reader who was having trouble with her sibling cats.

The reader said that the cats, a brother and sister, have changed now that they are just over a year old. They said the boy cat is becoming much more aggressive to the girl and that the female is afraid of him and hisses when he comes near.

Dr Wedderburn responded: "You might be able to help by trying to see your home from the cats' perspective. Make sure that each cat has places where it can enjoy its own space. Check that they don't over-compete for resources (have multiple food bowls and litter trays)."

He added that a Feliway pheromone diffuser plug could also help to make the animals feel less stressed.