How do cats fight?

When they live in freedom, cute cats rarely fight, since they have all the space they need.

Why are cute cats fighting?

But in urban and suburban areas where overcrowding is rife, the territories of the felines touch each other and often overlap As a result, the quarrels are numerous, which often degenerate into serious physical clashes, especially between rivals. From time to time, these duels may lead to the assassination or death of one of the combatants as a result of his injuries.

The attacker's main objective is to stick his teeth in his rival's neck; for this purpose, it adopts much the same technique as to kill prey. However, his opponent being about equal size and strength, The most cowardly and looses of cute cats will make at least a few attempts to defend themselves, and then it is virtually impossible to bite his neck.

What must always be kept in mind is that the fiercest and most domineering of the males, when he launches himself to attack his opponent, fears that the terrorized underling will react by an operation of the lucky farmer. Accused, the wimp will do anything, such as sending claws that could hurt the dominant cat and handicap him in his life as a hunter, or even in his survival. This is why an assailant, however up-to-the-minute, always shows fear mixed with his aggression when the crucial moment of physical contact occurs.

How the cute cats fight?

A typical fight unfolds how follows
the domineering animal spots a rival and approaches him, adopting a visibly threatening attitude; he walks with his legs outstretched so that he suddenly appears larger than usual. This impression she accentuated by the bristles on his back. As the crest is larger towards the rear of the animal, the backline rises towards the tail. All this staging gives the attacker a silhouette that is exactly the opposite of the crouching form of the weaker rival, whose behind he is the lower to the ground.

Showing the back of his ears, screaming, growling, gurgling, the attacker advances in slow motion, watching for any sudden gestures from his fearful enemy.

The noises it produces are frighteningly hostile, and one wonders how something so aggressive can have been dubbed, in English, the "love song" of the male cat. It says a lot, I guess, about the love life of those who have found this name. Needless to say, this has absolutely nothing to do with the way the cat does its court.

As the attacker is very close to his rival, he makes a curious head movement highly characteristic.

About a meter away, he raises his head a little, then tilts it to one side, without taking a moment's eye off his opponent. Then the attacker slowly takes another step forward and tilts his head to the other side. This episode, which can be repeated several times, seems to be the threat of a bite to the neck, this way of rotating the head meaning: "This is what awaits you."

The movement of intent

In other words, the attacker plays the "movement of intent" of attack typical of his species.
If two cute cats of equal rank meet and threaten each other, there can be a long time out, each animal performing the same slow, hostile approach as if repeating in front of the ice. The closer they get, the slower their movements become, until they remain frozen in place, in a total deadlock that can last several minutes. All the while, they continue to make their various grunts and cries heard, but neither seems intent on capitulating. They may end up separating from each other with incredibly slowed gestures. Accelerating the pace would be tantamount to admitting its weakness and would result in the immediate attack of the other. They both retreat with almost imperceptible movements to safeguard their hierarchical position.

If these threats and counter-threats were to result in a serious fight, it would begin with a brutal attempt by one opponent to bite the other's neck. When this happens, the other immediately turns around and defends himself, with his jaws, while kicking with his front paws, clinging with them and administering big blows with his powerful hind legs. This is the hottest time in the fight. The grunts are replaced by howls, while the two felines roll over each other, twist each other in all directions, bite, scratch and kick. 

Duration of fighting

This phase does not last very long. The struggle is too intense.

The rivals quickly separate and resume the exchange of threats, staring at each other, again with throat grunts. They return to the assault, perhaps several times, until one of them gives up and lies on the ground, their ears completely flattened. Then the winner engages in another highly characteristic demonstration. He turns 90 degrees from the vanquished and, with great concentration, he begins to sniff the ground, as if in this very moment an irresistible smell was emanating. When it sniffs, the animal concentrates to such an extent that, if it were not a permanent part of all the battles, you would think it has spotted a smell. Today, it is no more than a ritual gesture, a way of spreading his submission and capitulation has been accepted, that the battle is over.

Not every fight is that hard. Less violent quarrels are resolved with paws, the rivals hitting each other at a full glance, all claws out. By striking in this way at the head of the rival, they sometimes manage to settle their disagreements without getting into the complete ritual of melee combat described above.

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