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my outdoor 2 cats r fighting hard. They are bothers and have been fixed. Looks so bad that my wife has to spray them with water. They come back later to eat and look to be ok. Then they go at it again. Thanks for your help and time.
Gary

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Gary,

First of all, are they drawing blood?  If not, it may be more rough play than fighting. Cats have very, very tough skin and often use biting and scratching behaviors as part of their play.

The other possibility is that a new cat has invaded their territory, and they are in fight/fright/flight mode.  When cats are in this mode they forget everything but fleeing or fighting.

However, if there are no signs of battle damage, I would assume the first case rather than the second. Again, if there is no harm to each other, I would ignore it, since, when you or your wife are not around, there is no one to spray them with water, and, they are still not killing each other.  Sometimes, doing nothing is the best thing to do. Since they are outdoor cats, unless you can be on them all the time, they are going to do what they are going to do when you are not there.  So, I would just ignore things, unless one or the other shows real damage.  Even so, it may not be due to the brother, but some other cat.

The places to look for battle damage are the face (including the ears) and the tail, especially the base.

Best regards... Norm.

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Norman Auspitz

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I can answer most non-veterinary questions about cats. My particular expertise is pedigree cats, breeding and showing. However, I am versed in feline behavior, cat breeds and their characteristics, general feline husbandry, and the like.

Experience

I judged for the Canadian Cat Association from 1975 until 1982. I am currently an approved allbreed judge for the Cat Fanciers'' Association (the world''s largets cat registry), and have been judging for them since 1991. I have been breeding pedigreed cats since 1971 and have been exhibiting pedigreed cats in shows since 1970. I obtained my first pedigreed cat in 1970 and have never looked back. In 1971, I obtained my first Abyssinian which has become my primary breed. In addition, I have bred Manx and Persians. Currently, besides the Abyssinians, I am also breeding Maine Coons.


Organizations
Cat Fanciers'' Association, inc. (CFA) and the Manx, Maine Coon, and Abyssinian breed councils. I am currently Abyssinian breed council secretary.

Publications
Cat Fancy Magazine, The Abyssinian Chapter in The Cat Fanciers'' Association Complete Cat Book, and Articles for various editions of The Cat Fanciers'' Association Yearbook

Education/Credentials
I received a B.S. from Drexel University in 1968, a M.Math from University of Waterloo, in 1970, a Ph.D. from University of Waterloo in 1975, and a MBA from McMaster University in 1980. I received my approved allbreed judging status in the Cat Fanciers'' Association in 1999.

Awards and Honors
We have produced a number of Cat Fanciers'' Association (CFA) National winning Abyssinian and Maine Coons. We have produced a number of Abyssinian and Maine Coon Distinguished Merit females (an award for a top producing cat), including the first Distinguished Merit Abyssinian in the red (sorrel) color. I am the CFA Abyssinian breed council secretary and belong and/or hold office in a number of cat clubs. I am also a member of the CFA Judges Association.

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