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Your Cat’s Personal Space: Why it Matters


In a multicat environment, provide adequate vertical choices because some cats may not want to share the same spot or be physically close. One of the keys to peaceful multicat co-existence is when cats can comfortably choose the distance they want between them. If the only vertical territory is in the form of a single cat tree, then only one cat may be happy. Create multiple options for vertical territory so each cat can find a prime top spot. Even if you live in a small apartment you can provide more personal space for your cat by making use of vertical territory. Cat trees, wall shelves, window perches, or even beds placed on various pieces of furniture can provide cats with enough distance between each other to create personal space.

Your Cat’s Mealtime

Cats aren’t social eaters the way we are. We love to sit around the table together and have a good conversation while we eat. Cats? Not so much. Resource security is what the cat is looking for when he eats. If you have a multicat environment, don’t insist the cats eat out of one big food bowl. If you separate bowls, don’t place them right next to each other. Give the cats room enough so no one has to worry about whether a companion cat is going to try to swipe some food. Depending on the relationship your cats have, the distance between bowls can relatively close or maybe they need to be on opposite sides of the room. One cat may feel more secure eating on an elevated surface or even in a separate room. Offer enough space so mealtime becomes is peaceful and not an intimidation contest.

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Need More Information?

For more specific information on cat behavior and training, refer to the best-selling books by Pam Johnson-Bennett. Pam’s books are available at bookstores everywhere, through your favorite online book retail site and here on our website. To learn more about creating personal space in a multicat household, check out the revised and updated edition of Pam’s best-selling book, Cat vs. Cat. It’s the first book totally dedicated to the creating peace and harmony when you live with more than one cat.


For more information on cat behavior and training, refer to the articles on our website and the best-selling books by Pam Johnson-Bennett. If you have a question about your cat’s behavior or health, contact your veterinarian. This article is not intended as a medical diagnosis nor is it a replacement for your cat’s regular veterinary care. This article is for general information purposes only.


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