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Cat fight

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Domesticated cats are carnivores and natural hunters. They mostly hunt game that is smaller than they are; seldom will they take on anything larger than they are, but when they must, they use cunning and intimidation to avoid a fight. When a fight is inevitable, they fight with fury and make their escape at the first opportunity. We may learn something about fighting from watching cats fight.

Fight the way a cat fights

  • Being agile, in good physical condition, skilled in combat, and wearing a thick coat are assets in a fight.
  • Use all your senses to avoid a fight.
  • Blend in with your surroundings to avoid notice.
  • If you see a threat, freeze so it does not see you, watch it, and see if it goes away.
  • If a threat approaches, quickly and stealthily leave the area.
  • If facing a threat, crouch and go on the alert.
  • Make yourself seem larger by pulling your shoulders back and keeping your head high.
  • Speak with authority and keep your eyes on the threat.
  • Smile to show the teeth, in a non-threatening manner.
  • Stand your ground, always keeping eye contact with the opponent.
  • When an attack is imminent, strike first.
  • Stay on your feet but be willing to take it to the ground if necessary.
  • When in a clinch, strike repeatedly with your legs and arms.
  • Biting can be effective, even if it is to non-vital areas.
  • Just because the opponent whimpers, cries, and sounds whipped, it does not mean the fight is over.
  • Move deliberately and do not telegraph your intentions.
  • Strike quickly and unexpectedly.
  • Rest between attacks and then charge back in with a flurry of attacks.
  • If you are getting whipped, run away and lick your wounds.
  • Seek higher ground and use it to your advantage.
  • Use escape routes that the opponent cannot use or will have difficulty in using.
  • It is possible to fight an opponent and be friendly toward them afterward.
Finally, after the confrontation is over, go home, lie down in your favorite spot, and lick your wounds.

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