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Resource Guarding Behavior in Cats

In some multicat homes resource guarding behavior is very obvious. In other homes it can be very hard to detect due to how subtle one or more of the cats are in the behavior display. The cats may look as if they get along, and in most aspects of their lives together they may not have any issues.  There might be one or more situations though that do cause one cat to become protective over something.

Resource Guarding at the Cat’s Feeding Station

Probably the most common resource guarding behavior happens at the food bowl. Sometimes the sweetest cat can turn into a tiger when it comes to preventing his feline companions from coming close to the food. He may just guard his own bowl or he may guard all the bowls. If you feed out of one community food bowl he may guard the entrance to the kitchen. The guarding cat may push the other cats out of the way in order to eat first. In many situations where one cat has been repeatedly bullied at the food bowl, he may learn to just wait until the guarding cat has finished eating. The intimidated cat may sit off to the side or may have learned not to enter the kitchen at all in order to avoid a physical confrontation.

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