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How to tell when cats are fighting or just playing: six important clues to watch out for

By Ineke van Herwijnen, Assistant Professor, Animals in Science and Society, Utrecht University
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Cats and dogs famously don’t get on with each other. We seem quite able to recognise a fight between these two species. However, even experienced cat owners can struggle to tell the difference between rough-and-tumble play and scraps between cats. Some people may tell themselves it doesn’t matter and cats just do what they want. But knowing when to intervene is important for a cat’s welfare.

A recent paper published in Scientific Reports studied how to differentiate between cat-to-cat interactions, including…The Conversation

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