Cat is being Terrorized by other Cat

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 1996

@The_Future_KB:  Jackson Galaxy does a lot of stuff about cats who don’t get along, maybe something on his website would help? I agree if you can’t find a way to fix things she would be better off in another home.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

There are no veterinary behaviourists in Alabama, but here is a list of them in case one in a neighbouring state is close to you: http://www.dacvb.org/resources/find/  Most trainers work with dogs, but you may be able to find one that works with cats to work on behaviour modification training with both cats to try and come to a resolution.

I think it would be unfair to rehome your female cat if you can’t work past this just because the boy cat is friends with the dog.  She has been there for years and him months.  There is also no knowing if he will turn on your other female once his current target is gone.  The current situation is not working, she has become so anxious and stressed she is self barbering (licking herself bald).  If you are unable to work with a behaviourist or a trainer to try and improve the situation, I would look into rehoming the male cat.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Rehome her?  I think you need to rehome the kitten.  You’ve had her four years, you brought the kitten into the home, and I think it would be profoundly unfair to get rid of her because of a cat you got a few months ago 🙁

 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@The_Future_KB:  Still sounds like the male cat is the source of the problems.  Is there someone who could take the male for a few days/weeks to see if things calm down between the two females?  If the females continue to have problems in his abscence then yes, I would agree rehoming the female would be the best thing to do.  But if everything calms down and they get back to the way things were before he started terrorizing your female then he should be the one you find a new home for.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I’m wondering if the kitten is trying to show his dominance as male? Not that I’m an expert, but from watching Jackson Galaxy’s show sometimes aggression problems come from the cats not getting enough play

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Has the male cat been neutered?

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Tagging in because we have a similar problem.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

Poor kitty! Does Nobi have safe place? Like a cat tree or a cat shelf where she can lay without being disturbed by Rico or the other cat? Do you have netflix? Because I remember an episode where two cats who had previously gotten along moved into a new space, and one cat became agressive and the other was very scared and insecure.  I think Jackson Galaxy got the owner’s to reintroduce them, as if they didn’t know each other anymore? If you have netflix, I’d check it out just in case it’s helpful. 

Also, it seems unfair to rehome Nobi when Rico is the new cat, and the instigator of most of the problems. Plus, it is way easier to rehome a kitten than an adult cat. 

Post # 13
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I agree with WestCoastV, this seems like maybe a non-neutered boy dominance thing. The other female is probably jumping on the bandwagon since the kitten is a terror.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@The_Future_KB:  Have you tried treating Nobi as the alpha cat?  When my female cat was 7 years old, I got a male kitten.  He tried to show his dominance over the older female, and I was able to fix the negative behavior by treating my female as the alpha (by feeding her first, petting her first when I got home, etc.)  I still gave love to my male kittie (and the entire 11 years I have had him he has always been very affectionate), but, after a few months, the boy cat figured out where he was in the grand scheme of our home.

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