Watching a pair of cats play together and wrestle can be really adorable. However, if you are not familiar with cat behavior, you can ignore the signs that this fighting game may be less friendly and you need to intervene.

It’s completely normal to see cats swaddling around your floor or chasing each other along furniture and climbing cat trees. Playtime is a healthy behavior for kittens and adult cats. Normal play behavior can include cats wrestling with each other, chasing each other, and appearing to “jump and attack” each other, all of which are natural predatory behavior shown for complete enjoyment. However, sometimes the game can escalate if one or both cats become overstimulated, startled, or you may see two cats fighting when it is clear that they have been aggressive towards each other in the first place.

Associate app animal behaviorist Katenna Jones says that sounds are a good way to tell if cats are playing or fighting. “If it’s quiet, it’s most likely a game. If there’s a growl, it’s most likely not.” If there is nothing other than the occasional meow or meow, this means your cat is probably having a good time. If you hear more intense or aggressive sounds like squeals, squeals, or screams, then you’re definitely about to get into a fight.
When bringing a new cat into your home, you must separate it from the other cat for a period of at least a week or two.

Cats must get used to the presence of other cats gradually. You can keep one in the living room and wait for the other to get used to the new cat’s scent so that when you get to know them, neither one is shocked.

If aggression has developed among your cats, a good way to calm them down is to give them some downtime together. This can mean anywhere from a few hours to a few days depending on how much they dislike each other.