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Jennifer Taylor | 1 week ago
Last Summer My Beloved Cat, Summer Escaped My Home And Was Missing For Two Months. When …

Last summer my beloved cat, Summer escaped my home and was missing for two months. When she was found she had lost about 1/3 of her body weight and her personality had changed. While she was previously very much the “alpha” cat and could be a bit of a diva she is now timid and very loving. During the time when she was missing I was under an incredible amount of stress; having a pet pass away is heartbreaking but having a pet go missing is agonizing, I would not wish the experience on my worst enemy. I couldn’t sleep for much of the two months. Our cat Gracie was by my side the entire time. She did take over as the leader of our little cat pack (pride??). When Summer returned Gracie and her initially got along okay, however within about two weeks Gracie started going after Summer causing a significant amount of stress on Summer. She would chase her off the litter box and food bowls. We created a safe space for Summer and over the past year she has very much chosen to stay isolated away from Gracie, our other cats come “visit” without an issue. Several months ago Gracie started urinating outside of her box. We first had to go through the process of elimination to determine which cat was urinating outside the box. All cats have had urine and bloodwork done to rule out any medical issues. Gracie is now isolated and Summer has free reign of the house. Inappropriate urination has stopped. Our other cats can come “visit” Gracie without incident, however as soon as Summer enters the room Gracie attacks her. We have tried medication and we have tried putting a drop of vanilla on each cat so they smell the same. I would prefer to not spend the rest of my cats lives isolating one or the other to create peace in our home. I will note that Gracie has limited or no sight in one of her eyes, she has always been a bit of a “scrapper” with the other pets when they approach her on that side, that being said this isn’t a case of Summer startling her, she is seeking out Summer to attack her.
I would love advice from anyone who has had a similar experience; what worked, what didn’t?

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Kate | 8 months ago
I Live In A Studio Apartment With Two Female Cats (ages 1.5 & 5) And When I’m …

I live in a studio apartment with two female cats (ages 1.5 & 5) and when I’m not in the apartment, they get along fine. During the day if I’m home, they only compete when they are hungry. But all of a sudden between 12am and 1am if I’m home, they start to chase each other to the point of some scary yowels. I can only assume it’s jealousy-triggered. My question is, how do I mitigate the fighting if i can only separate them between a cold bathroom and the huge main room (that has me in it)? Would separating them like that only make things worse? Any herbal remedies to calm newly competitive kitties?

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Sarah
7 months ago

Hi there- there may be an underlying issue that is unknown or unrealized to you that is causing this change in behavior. So that might be worth investigating. As far as keeping them separated in your studio- have you tried to make places where they can “escape” to? For instance, we used to have a cat that was very sociable, but when she needed her alone time she would go up on the window sill of our basement window (high up) where no one else could bother her. When the cat we currently have needs a break from the dogs,… Read more »

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Stacey | 2 years ago
My Male Cat Keeps Biting And Taking Chunks Of Hair Out Of My Female Cat Who …

My male cat keeps biting and taking chunks of hair out of my female cat who is very fluffy. He plays rough like that with her and I don’t know how to make him stop. She cries and it obviously hurts her having hair ripped out. I yell at him, put him in a separate room but nothing stops it from happening again. They both are fixed and he’s not trying to mount her. He will bite anywhere, tail, leg, side, etc.

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Krista Magnifico
1 year ago

Are they playing too hard? How sold are they? In some cases they don’t have any idea to respectful boundaries. Like the male is way to excited and gets aggressive about playing. Can you give him toys and help him play with toys, laser pointer, etc do he is a little worn out before he sees her? Anything to try to relive the playmate birder she carries alone. Also be careful with yelling. Cats just don’t get reprimand. It usually backfires.

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Tricia Joyce | 5 years ago
I Got My Dog Scooby From An Animal Shelter Almost A Year Ago. I Almost…

I got my dog scooby from an animal shelter almost a year ago. i almost didnt even give him the time od day because when i went up to his kennel he snarled at me, bark and growled and was lunging towards me. they let him out of his kennel and he was a diferent dog. he ran up to me, belly up and was wanting me to pet him, i fell in love. his previous owner abused him and he was not given the socialization he needed as a puppy towards people or dogs. I want to be able to have fiends and family over without worrying about him but he only trusts 3 people other than my fiance and myself, along with my other dog and cat. he is aggressive towards people and other dogs that are in his eyes distance. what can i do? how o i get him to trust people?

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Sarah
4 years ago

Everything seems to start with the basics. A good conversation with your vet will put you on the right path. I would recommend a behaviorist to help in training to curb unwanted behaviors, and tons of love and positive reinforcement. Consistency and time are very important as well. And knowing your dog helps, so if you see something about to happen, redirecting behavior and stopping unacceptable ones before they occur will be the key. And patience and time… every experience, good or bad, is a learning one for your dog. Very best of luck to you and Scooby!

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Kristina Krozek | 5 years ago
A Day Ago My 2 Year Old Siamese Female Cat Was Sitting In The Window…

A day ago my 2 year old Siamese female cat was sitting in the window she always does, a stray female approached the window and my cat got very aggressive and started meowing and hissing very loud, with all of her fur standing up. Other cats have been in the window with her before and she never reacted this way. I managed to get her away from the window and closed it, but when I put her down onto the floor she immediately went after my other cat (8 years old, also female). My Siamese has grown up with my older cat and they have never had a problem, always been close (clean eachother, sleep with eachother).
So far I’ve had them separated all day, given them both treats and sat with my Siamese to try and calm her down. Everytime I leave the room she is in she freaks out again. I also rubbed a towel on my older cat and put it in with the Siamese so she could get used to her scent again.

Any other suggustions on what I can do to help her go back to normal? I’m also 8 months pregnant and I’m terrified she will get like this with a new baby in the house. Do you think so?

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Jade Lazenby
5 years ago

Some cats are very territorial. It usually happens with male cats but you never know. 

Jade Lazenby
5 years ago

Not sure. It possibly will the longer they stay together. My male cats always fought but they are doing it less and less now. Took 3 years so patience is they key.

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Kizzy Khan | 5 years ago
My 2 Year Old Cat Tigger Has Been Acting Aggressive Her 4 Mouth Year Old…

My 2 year old cat Tigger has been acting aggressive her 4 mouth year old kitten. I had two kittens from the mother cat but ever since she lost her kitten she is more affectionate towards me but attacks little Dixy for sleeping in her spot next to me I cannot understand weather she is jealous she even tried to take away the dying kitten 5 days before death she was so determined that she was clawing. I’m already grieving but I just cannot understand what’s going on with the rest .

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Pau Gonzales | 5 years ago
6 Weeks Ago My Cat, Who Is Less Than A Year Old Has Been Vaccinated…

6 weeks ago my cat, who is less than a year old has been vaccinated for anti-rabies. He was about to get his second dose of the 4-in-1 vaccine a few days ago but it was postponed since he became aggressive. The reason for his aggressiveness was the restraining technique used on him. Usually, he is a calm cat. However, the veterinary aid, held him by the nape, pulled him up in the air and curled his tail onto his feet. It’s like him being formed into a C-shape. As the veterinarian was vaccinating him, he got mad and so he bit the person holding him. Also, is the restraining method used on him right?

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Bec Liet | 5 years ago
I Had My Cat Castrated And When I Got Him Home His Purr Was So…

I had my cat castrated and when I got him home his purr was so loud, he is sneezing and coughing almost choking on fluid so I took him back to the vet the next day. They reckon he was a bit aggressive and several nurses had to hold him. They said he must have been sick in the breathing tube and breathed it into his lungs and that it will just reabsorb naturally. That was yesterday but he still is struggling to get air through what sounds like a blocked nose. Also there is no sound when he meows and he isn’t eating. I’m scared they hurt him when forcing this tube in. What should I do? I don’t trust this vet anymore.

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niki inamdar | 6 years ago
I Am From A Town In India And It’s Difficult To Find Many Facilities For…

I am from a town in india and it’s difficult to find many facilities for animals here. Vet had suggested feeding him boiled egg. The cat is really aggressive. He still is eating meat, just swallowing it. Please help me to handle this situation

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Jennifer Peach | 6 years ago
My Cat Has Very Irregular And Unstable Behaviour. He Just Came And Sat On My…

My cat has very irregular and unstable behaviour. He just came and sat on my knee just now and is purring. But 15 minutes ago he came and sat on my knee, I was rubbing his cheek which he was pushing against my hand as he enjoys it a lot but then he tensed up and his eyes glazed over and I knew he was going to attack, which he did, lunging at me suddenly and biting. He also attacked me suddenly this morning as I was carrying a birthday cake covered in candles and a mug of scalding hot tea. He scratched a bit my legs very suddenly and I couldn’t get him off. My friend/housemate came as I was screaming and tried to get him off but he just started attacking her legs. These are just today’s examples. He tenses up, his eyes glaze and he attacks frequently. He also suddenly bites and attacks legs and feet frequently. He attacks people when they visit and draws blood. I have persevered and thought it may just be his personality but it’s very hard to feel at ease and relax, especially when he approaches you affectionately but switches into being aggressive so suddenly with such little warning. I have read that sometimes medication can help with redirected aggression or “rage syndrome” commonly seen in dogs. I have grown up with cats and I have volunteered at a cattery and rescue centre with cats and I have never come across a cat with such unpredictable aggressive behaviour. Should I take him to a vets and ask about medication? Is it likely they will think medication is a realistic option? I’m not sure what else to try.

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Dawn Ferara, DVM
5 years ago

I would take him to the vet and discuss this behavior with them.  Aside from medications that could help, they may know a behaviorist that maybe able to help.