In a study looking at cats living in multi-cat households, owners observed signs of aggression such as growling, hissing, chasing and attacking 14% of the time. However, when these households were videoed and feline behaviour experts were able to observe how the cats interacted, there was actually signs of conflict 67% of the time.
Feliway friends has recently been launched in New Zealand after being available overseas for a while. This is a pheromone diffusor that emits cat-appeasing pheromones. This pheromone is secreted from the mammary glands of lactating queens to help create the bond between mother and kitten while reassuring and comforting the kittens, therefore promoting social confidence. Use of this product in a study resulted in a reduction in aggression by 1 week and 84% of cat owners reported their cats getting along better after using the product for 1 month.
Dr Nikki Frost BSc BVSc MANZCVS (Medicine of Cats)