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.