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What happens when cats fight

All told, there have been a total of nine recorded cat fights in the United States and Canada.

In the most recent incident, a couple in Phoenix, Ariz., was arrested after trying to cover up their cat fight with a tarp.

The couple was charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty for chasing their cats about the kitchen with a broom.

According to the Arizona Humane Society, there have only been four documented cat fights in the United States since 1990.

In the United States, the two most likely places to see cat fights are at shelters and in the workplace.

In shelters, cats often get tired of fighting with other cats and decide to go their own way.

At work, there are plenty of potential reasons for cat fights.

Workers who are allergic to cats may be forced to cohabitate with them.

Older cats may feel threatened by the younger cats that are more active.

Those who work in close quarters may have issues with their cats attacking each other during the night.

Most cat fights are over territory.

The cats involved will fight to stake their claim on a certain spot to sleep.

A cat that has successfully secured a territory may not be motivated to move out.

Then, of course, there are the reasons that are not so obvious.

"Cats are territorial, so it can be an issue when cats are living together," said Dr. John Bradshaw, a veterinarian at the Animal Medical Center in New York.

"It can be pretty destructive when the cat is on both sides," he said, adding that the cat is "definitely not a placid animal."

If the cat is attacked by another cat, it will usually fight back, Bradshaw said.

In most cases, the cats involved will eventually get over the issue, but it may take some time.

"It's usually a matter of the cat that is the aggressor to recognize that the other cat is a victim of the aggression," he said.

Back to the two cat fights in Canada

In Canada, two cat fights were recorded in the past year, according to Canada's SPCA.

The first fight occurred in December, when a woman brought her cat to a veterinary clinic in Laval, Que.

The cat had been hit by a car and suffered a fractured pelvis.

On Christmas day, another woman brought her cat to a shelter in Montreal with a broken leg, according to the SPCA.

The SPCA said it doesn't know what caused the cat to fight, but the woman said she was attacked by the cat.

Even though the cat's injuries weren't serious, the woman was charged with causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.

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