- 2 months ago
- Wedding: September 2020
Hi bees! I know this might not be the right forum but I’ve seen pet postings on here and I’m sure some of you out there are experienced cat owners that might have some insight! TLDR at bottom but details may help.
So to preface a little my SO and I have 2 cats, both super super sweet, neither of them have ever scratched or bitten either of us and I’ve never ever seen either one get aggressive in any way before. We can touch their bellies, their ears, the vet has given them shots, nothing, no aggression. We got our first one when he was 9 months old January 2018 (so he’s 2) and our second one June 2018 at 4 months (so she’s a little over 1 now). They have loved each other from the moment we got her. We introduced them slowly and carefully like all of the research said we should and the rest is history. They play all of the time, sleep together, cuddle, groom each other and I’ve never seen them have a problem with each other!
Personalities: Prince (the male, 2) very anxious and timid when we got him, he wasn’t getting adopted because he was so scared of everyone he would hide in his cage, he would try and get under his litter box and hide, but we got him and we were very patient with him, he wouldn’t leave the one area of our apartment for about 1 month but we would go over to him all the time and pet him, play with him, and talk to him. He eventually got comfortable and if you met him now you would have no idea he was ever like that. He’s completely come out of his shell, isn’t afraid of anyone that comes over and is the snuggliest little lap cat.
Lyra (the female, 1) very outgoing, adventurous, almost dog like. She licks people, greets us at the door when we come home, even friendlier than prince, loves everyone and everything, loves the car, just very brave and playful.
When we adopted them both were fixed (we got them both from a rescue) but after Lyra turned around 9 months she would periodically act really weird. Cry through the night and day (constantly!) roll around, extra affectionate, enough that we took her to the vet who said she was fine. Happens again a couple weeks later, stops, happens again a couple weeks later, we take her back to the vet and she thinks that she wasn’t actually spade and is going into heat. So we are in the process of figuring that out. Added that info in case it’s useful.
Now to tonight, my SO and I are almost always home, neither of us works a 9-5 and we both work from home so the cats aren’t alone very often. We went out with my family today and were gone from about 10-9. When I got home nothing seemed out of the ordinary, I fed them right away they were both with me in the kitchen everything is fine. I sit down and about 15 minutes after they’ve eaten I hear a noise on the counter, turn and Prince is up on the kitchen counter staring down at Lyra. I thought it was kind of funny and they were probably about to play so I watch and they’re just staring at each other. I stop watching and they move from the kitchen to the living room still just staring. After about 10 minutes I hear one of them hiss, I was like wtf was that. Nothing, still staring. Then all of a sudden they both start growling really deeply and hissing and boom Lyra chased Prince up the stairs and I hear these awful screaming noises coming from both of them with more hissing and loud growling. The noises were horrible and so loud I ran up the stairs and they’re both fluffed up hissing at each other. I got in between took Lyra by the scruff and put her in the bathroom. Check on Prince he’s still just growling at the top of he stairs. It looks like he might have a scratch under his left eye. I go check Lyra and her paw is bleeding, one of her nails was ripped completely out! I have no idea how or when that happened and I can’t find it anywhere! She’s bleeding and clearly scared so I rinse it with warm water and comfort her. Leave her in the bathroom go comfort Prince who seems ok.
So now I have no idea what to do and I have no idea what happened!! Does anyone have any idea why this would have happened??
TLDR: I have 2 very sweet friendly cats that have never fought, have never heard them hiss, that get into a stare down and then violent fight for seemingly no reason tonight, one cat had fingernail ripped out. I have them separated and don’t know why this happened or what to do now.