Catfight For the animal behavior sense of this word, see Catfight (animal behavior). Catfight is a term for an altercation between two women, typically involving scratching, hair-pulling, and shirt-shredding as opposed to punching or wrestling. It can also be used to describe two human females insulting each other verbally or being otherwise nasty to each other. The many ways that women compare themselves to other women and compete with each other are also referred to as catfighting (or cattiness). Catfights are different from other kinds of fights involving women because they usually involve competition between two or more women, usually over men. Catfighting has recently been on the rise in several fields of entertainment. The appeal of a catfight was facetiously explained by Jerry Seinfeld, as "Men think if women are grabbing and clawing at each other there's a chance they might somehow, you know... kiss." Catfights have been featured in cartoons, movies, and beer television commercials, frequently ending with the participants missing articles of clothing. --- A tabby or a tiger? Although your pussycat may appear to be friendly and docile, a fighting feline may be lurking just beneath the surface. Cat fighting and the resultant injuries are a common reason that pets are examined and treated by veterinarians. Although cats may also attack dogs, they most commonly attack other cats. Fighting is most likely to occur when two adult cats meet for the first time; but they will also fight over territory, dominance issues, and owner attention. Because your cat's teeth are short and sharp, injuries are in the form of puncture wounds without the extensive underlying tissue damage that occurs in dogfights. By nature, the mouth houses a plethora of bacteria, so bite wounds are usually contaminated. In fact, cat bites are more likely to become infected than dog bites. And, since cat teeth are quite small, the small puncture wounds are often overlooked. Without treatment, these tiny wounds can develop into large, painful abscesses. Along with puncture wounds and abscesses, catfights can also result in the transmission of fatal feline viruses. Feline immunodeficiency virus, feline leukemia and feline infectious peritonitis are transmitted from cat to cat. Rabies can also be transmitted from an infected cat to another animal. Although some wounds may be visible, other wounds may be overlooked. Pay attention to your cat. If you notice any of the following symptoms, call your veterinarian.