We have two adult female cats who we adopted as kittens (they are sisters). They have always gotten along fine, sleeping together and playing together. We recently adopted three more kittens, males from the same litter. We live on a farm, so the cats are both pets and mouse controllers. Since we brought home the kittens about a month ago, one of our adult cats, Midnight, suddenly wants nothing to do with her adult sister, Shadow. She growls and hisses at her if she comes near. I can understand her not liking the new kittens, but why is she suddenly hostile towards her own sister? Any thoughts?
It isn't really a big deal; I'm just curious why a cat would behave this way.
Perhaps the female cat had a go at one of the kittens (to put him in his place, she felt it's her home and he should do what she says!) and the other female didn't like her sister picking on the kitten. You never know with cats, hopefully all will be forgotten and forgiven and they'll all get along
When you add a new cat the whole social dynamic changes. I hope they are all neutered!
The girls are spayed and the boys will be neutered when they're about six months old. The only animals around here that aren't "fixed" are the breeding livestock.
WOW! Sounds like one tough farm! I have cancelled my bus ticket.
after the males are neutered the chemistry in the air will return to normal
Have you tried any of the Feliway products? The product comes in a spray, a plug-in diffuser, and a collar. Each of them disperses cat phermones that calm them down. I don't know the exact mechanism of action, but it's basically like "kitty xanax." The spray wears off after a certain period of time, and the diffuser has a limited range of effectiveness, so I would say the collar would be your best bet. You could put it on your "problem cat" and see if it changes her behavior any.
I have a cat named Lilah Rosebud, who is a year and a half and I swear she is a special needs cat. The Feliway collar has done wonders for her, and she's a completely different cat! I think I paid $15 at Petsmart, and the collar lasts for 30 days. It's also a breakaway collar, seeing as how your cats are probably outdoor cats. The collar also has a nice lavender scent to it
Good luck, hope things work out!
PS - If you need any help mucking stalls I'll take paradigmsearch's bus ticket (as long a you pay me, lol). I need a job something wicked and I'm desperate!
Where do you live, Sarita?
I have used Feliway. I used it several years ago for an older cat who didn't like the new kitten we brought in and was peeing in one corner of the dining room. It worked!
Because we live on a farm, the angry cat stays outside most of the time (her choice) so it isn't such a problem that we need to get Feliway. I was just curious about the behavior. The kittens were very tiny when we got them, so it was hard to believe it was because they were males, but maybe that is the cause.
Thank you so much for sharing what I can get for our cats. We have 10 now. We are a foster/rescue home for cats and dogs. In the past year now we have rescued 40 cats and 4 dogs. I am the dog lover and spouse is cat lover. I will pick up these collars. Everyone gets along fine on most days. They seem to have a favorite spot and everyone else seems to respect it.
thanks again. sorry about rambling, lol
If you notice they form sub-groups with their own areas, provide food etc for each area--that will reduce conflict.
I was just kidding about the job, but I live in upstate NY just in case you really were offering a place of employment, lol.
If we spent our lives figuring out why cats behave the way they do, we would all have to become hermits because it would be a 24 hour a day, never ending job. I know that some areas have animal behavior experts, perhaps you could check with your local vet?
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