5 Tips to Stop Cats from Fighting

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Cats tend to be more aggressive when they're feeling under the weather.
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When you're not feeling well, you might retreat to another room to be alone. And you'd probably reprimand a child who jumped on your back for a piggyback ride shortly after you returned from a trip to the chiropractor. Similarly, a cat who isn't feeling so hot might take a swipe at a buddy who's trying to play, or at a normally beloved littermate who accidentally slides into its sore hip. "Cats hide illness pretty well," says Peterson, noting one indication your cat might be under the weather is sudden aggression toward a furry pal.

Brunt agrees, noting pain in cats is much more common than veterinarians and other experts once believed. If you suspect your cat isn't feeling well because of the way it's acting toward other cats, a trip to the vet may be in order.

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