(Closed) Problems with a Territorial Kitty :(

posted 4 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

Is she neutered? Cats reach sexual maturity at around two, and this can make a difference. Also, is she indoor/outdoor, or indoor only? Indoor/outdoor can reduce aggression, especially if she lives with other animals, but I realise that this is a US/UK divide, and that vet advice is different in the different countries!

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

@chrissyb464:  It’s difficult to advise here, really. Letting them out does tend to make them less aggressive in my experience, because they tire themselves out running around and take out their anger on small squeaking things. But if you don’t want to do that (as I realise many US bees don’t) then I suppose you’re limited to feliway and calmex, really. Neither of which are ideal.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

@Rachel631:  But if you don’t want to do that (as I realise many US bees don’t) then I suppose you’re limited to feliway and calmex, really. Neither of which are ideal.

 

What?  No, your options are NOT “Let them outside or use calming sprays for the rest of their life.”  *sigh*

 

Calming sprays/diffusers like Feliway are great, especially for short-term use.  If she seems especially stressed after this incident, it might be a good idea to use it for a few weeks just to relax her back into her normal routine.  You can also find some great, naturally-based sprays at Jackson’s Galaxy’s site, (Spirit Essences).

 

First, I would get a motion-activated sprinkler for your yard.  She obviously does NOT care for the other cat being in her territory, so you need to make the effort to keep it out, (if her stress-level increases, the next step could be her marking in the house.  Ew!).  Here’s an example of one from Amazon: Scarecrow.  A couple blasts from that and neighbor kitty won’t find your yard so appealing.

 

If you don’t already have them, I would suggest adding at least one cat tower.  Ideally, add a couple towers and some shelves.  Most cats are “tree-dwellers” and feel more confident when they can survey their domain from above.  The more areas she has to get up off the floor, the more secure she will be.  The cheapest one’s I’ve found have been on Overstock.com.  We have a large tower that’s about two feet from our ceiling, and we got it for less money than many of the smaller towers at a place like Petco.

 

Also, being a strictly indoor cat is soooo much better for cats, but it does mean she’s going to have a few needs to you’ll have to meet.  A cat that is allowed to roam will be able to meet their needs of hunt, catch, kill on their own.  An indoor cat can’t do that, (unless you have a large mouse population in your house, and hopefully you don’t!).  So toys are a must.  Play with her, (my cat could care less about her mouse toy or her other toys if I am not playing, too).  Cat teasers and lasers will get your cat moving, hunting, and stalking.  Allow her to catch the toy and “kill” it a little bit before you start moving again.  Ideally you want to play a couple times a day, until she is panting, or at least will no longer go after the toy, (my girl will never play to the point of panting…when she starts getting tired, she’ll just sit down and watch the toy instead of going after it).  If you can play right before her feeding times, that’s even better, because then she also gets the “eat my prey” need met after she’s hunted.  

 

Watch a few episodes of “My Cat From Hell” with Jackson Galaxy and/or explore his website, JacksonGalaxy.com.  You’ll be able to learn some tips and tricks like these to help your cat be less of a grumpy gus.

 

Post # 7
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

@Miss Apricot:  Your advice is excellent, and you bring up things I had not considered. However, I will say that your statement that “being a strictly indoor cat is soooo much better for cats” is debateable. I realise that cultures differ, but in the UK you are not allowed to take a rescue cat if you plan on keeping them indoors, for example. There are reasons for this.

All societies are different, and there are arguments both ways. Anyway, apologies for threadjack! OP, hope you have some luck soon!

Post # 8
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

@chrissyb464:  This is actually pretty normal cat behavior. Fix the door, keep your kitty inside… and the problem should be solved.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

My cat growing up was like this.  If there was a cat in the yard or we had friends over with a dog she went nuts.  Puffed up, hissing, screaming.  We let her go outside on a leash and harness, so I do not think being an outdoor cat would fix territorial issues.  If another cat came into our yard while she was outside, they never got into fights.  If the other cat saw my cat they would turn and run.  I guess at 5 pounds she was very intimidating.

Whenever a cat came up to the windows while she was inside, we would just put her in another room to relax until the outside cat went away.  When we let her out she would run back to the window to make sure the other cat was gone, and then was fine.  We never attempted to have a second cat because of her behaviour.

I think going outside on a harness is good for cats if they like it, it’s when they are allowed to roam free and can get lost or run into traffic that it’s a problem.  My two cats hate going outside and were absolutely terrified when I tried.  They are perfectly happy with their indoor life.

Post # 10
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Busy bee

@Miss Apricot:  +1

@pixiecat:  +1 

My cat goes out on a harness and lead and uses energy up outside that way. Just make sure the other cat is nowhere around! Which goes for the rest of the time too. My cat would flip if someone kept coming to the door like that because its his house.

Also, using up all that energy playing games inside will make your kitty much calmer. 

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