Q: Cat fighting?

October 27, 2008 | By Allison M. | 2 answers | Expired: 2648 days ago

Allison M.

My male cat really picks on my female cat - they are brother and sister (both spayed and nuetered) and have been together in my house since they were two days old. Today I noticed they both have eye injuries (hers is worse than his). That's how bad the fighting is getting. I don't know what to do about it. Today I put him in the bedroom and seperated him from her but then he went nuts. Anyone have any advice or maybe have experienced the same problem? I really do not have any knowledge about cat behavior or training.

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Oct 29, 2008

Sorry, I can't offer you any real advice -- though I do agree with Cathy F. -- has something changed in the environment? I have a cat right now -- a 3 year old male -- who basically lives in his own room in the house. He has his own entrance/exit from that room. He showed up here at about 7 months old and he has ALWAYS been a fighter. He'll fight any cat, male or female, big or small -- and he starts fights without warning growls -- just attacks. I've done quite a bit of research on the subject and barring putting him with my other cats and letting them fight it out -- which I can't stomach -- I just keep him separate. With his persoonality, it seemed likely that it might take numerous fights before dominance was established. But, I'm guessing since your cats have lived together happily for some time, that an outside influence is triggering the fights -- perhaps another male is showing up outside your house that you're not aware of. I have seen cats who were stressed out about another cat being outside who would then displace the aggression on their own housemates. Good luck to you -- I hope you can determine what might have changed and peace is restored!!

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Oct 27, 2008

You don't mention how old the cats are now. Also, did something change or happen to spark this (another cat outside, did you move, something new in the home or has changed). This sounds serious if they are injuring each other. You mentioned that you put the male in a room and he didn't like that. Did you try the female in a room? I really recommend getting them separated for thier own safety. Have you contacted your vet or local humane society or cat organization for help? They could provide needed help. Also there are herbal remedies, Rescue Rememdy and other natural products like Feliway that may help calm them. There are some good books available and maybe doing some searching on the internet. Again I strongly recommend that they be separated for safety and please contact your vet or local humane society for additional help and support. Good luck to you.

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