I have purchased two dog metal crates and I am considering placing each cat in a crate and allowing them to be somewhat close to each other – within feet – but not that close and not close enough to attack. My experience with Maine Coons tell me that she would be fine with other cats and is social. How much time did you take with the introductions? much longer the foster kitty may stay with you? Ilona Rodan Powered by Brightspot. would not force the interaction. Take our breed quiz to find your next pet. It's difficult to say whether cats mourn exactly like humans do, but cats do appear to recognize when a loved one is missing and they do appear to grieve that absence. Intact males are much more likely to â¦ All rights reserved. For example, a cat who seemingly peacefully but routinely moves away from a food dish when another cat approaches it may be exhibiting subtle signs of cat-on-cat aggression. Nonrecognition aggression occurs when one cat is uncharacteristically aggressive toward a companion cat after a period of separation. rule goes for food, water, and litter boxes – all these resources should be boxes, each in different areas of the home. If the video doesn't start playing momentarily, “I have two litter mates that are 2 years old. The returning cat is unrecognizable and/oâ¦ He is twice her siz and they are both 11 years old in good health. Make sure that the resources aren’t in areas where a cat may feel If you Mike, you are doing a very good job to keep the cats separated when they want to be separate. From Dr Ilona Rodan This can occur when a more assertive cat blocks access to essential resources such as food, water or litterbox. Reply. What can be the reason for her sleeping somewhere else. GET THE BARK IN YOUR INBOX! I don’t try to force them to hang out but will try to pet them both at the same time if the near each other. should not be let out together at all. Each resource should be separated from There is 3 girls and 1 boy. http://www.dacvb.org/resources/find/ veterinarian, it is important for that to occur to identify if there is a For the rest of their lives, they avoided and even hissed at each other. This seems to help a little up until the point I stop and then it’s on. Because I know it’s happening at night I isolated Yumi (the one getting picked on) form her litter mates so she doesn’t get “attacked” or play to ruff with her litter mates un supervised. Then the fighting started and lasted over 15 years. You have great resources in Montgomery County Maryland. Weâve got the skinny on which foods are OK to feed him. Usually it takes Sign up for our newsletter and stay in the know. This question already has answers here: Why are my cats fighting with each other? Everything was fine till winter, they used to cuddle each other and sit together in the shelter. I am sorry to hear that you had fighting between your last pair of cats. He got sprayed and took off. Hello Howard, Therefore, if you notice your cat becoming more and more reclusive, this may be the sign of a problem. They lived together for 15 years, and then when my mom moved and couldn't keep them, I adopted the male because he was always friendly and affectionate with me. This way they can sort of get the introduction that they have not really had. resting places, play, and perches. There is a huge need. the others (we don’t like to eat where we use the toilet and neither do or two kittens. All rights reserved. People often ask which is best to get, males or females. They all get along for the most part during the day. with high sides or cardboard boxes. They eat together, they sleep on the bed with me. together, and hopefully not bother the older kitty. The cats may roll around biting and screaming, suddenly stop, resume posturing, fight again or walk away. In addition, reward them for any positive interactions together. In fact, conflict is a more common reason for health problems in multiple-indoor-cat households than some cat owners might realize. What should i do so that she sleeps here only.. You sound ignorant to have an un fixed female Cat, are you aware there is a serious cat over population problem in the U.S.? Vetstreet. We do not have the ability to speak cat and this can be puzzling to us. Great post and comments. My Cat Mourned the Loss of His Littermate for Eight Months. I think that medication may be appropriate, but first I would start by providing the multiple hiding and perching areas, as you already mentioned. Active 1 year ago. Other breeds, such as Shetland sheepdogs, fought the most at the age of 5 weeks, with fights being reduced to zero by the age of 11 weeks. Dear Dr. Rodan, I have two littermates, one male and one female. cats need – they are food, water, litter boxes, scratching posts, hiding or They get along great. When you have sibling cats suddenly fighting, I would first look at considering if they are resource guarding â they should have their own separate food bowls, a multitude of toys, and you should have at least 3 litterboxes in the house. refer you to a behaviorist in your area or to help myself in a consultation off Because many sibling pups are only socialized with each other, they may develop aggression or fear towards other dogs. another cat (or dog, or child). Hope this helps, and I am glad to try Thank you for this thorough reply. Even if you managed to find homes for her kittens, what about those people not fixing those cats. I have 3 littermates 2 of them females and a male. One or both often ends up with scratches on their faces, clumps of fur missing, and we've found pieces of chipped-off claws. If your puppy has their leash and harness on them this usually can be done without much difficulty. placed in areas where they don’t need to compete or have access blocked by Signs of littermate syndrome include fearfulness of unfamiliar people, dogs and other novel stimuli (neophobia); intense anxiety when separated, even briefly; and difficulty learning basic obedience skills. The cats are male and female, calico and tabby, 8 years old, and they are from the same litter. The sibling came running to see what was the matter, and a case of redirected aggression occurred â the cat that saw the strange cat attacked her sibling since she couldnât get at the cat outdoors. 0.00 average rating based on 0 reviews. Could it still have been a late arrival of the more violent part of the fighting littermate syndrome that had only exhibited as grumbling? If we inadvertently reinforce the over-reactive behavior, a cat may Hello Mike, The Fur is Flying! Not sure about food puzzles? Dr Marsha Reich is a boarded veterinary behaviorist. Dr. Rodan’s passion and desire to help both cats and their people is unwavering. Additionally, there should be multiples of each resource, and cat. Signs of open conflict are easier to recognize. cat needing to go down a narrow hallway or into a narrow opening where the also try to prevent a future problem if you – or someone else – takes another Is there a way I can help that? In cases of extreme conflict, the chronic stress of threat might cause a cat to vomit hair or food, avoid the litter pan or start missing meals. Good luck with your kitties, and thanks for falling in love with and giving a good home to your newly adopted cat. Thank you. I’d like to try to address what you can do now to help in this situation, and Because of this heritage, many cats prefer to have their own separate food and water sources, litterboxes and resting areas to avoid competition and unwanted interactions with other cats. However some breeds, such as basenjis, continued to fight each other at increasing levels from 5 to 11 weeks old, then showing another spike in fighting at a year of age. http://www.catcareclinic.net. How did you separate them initially? get along best, then a male and female, and lastly two females. other cat could prevent access. Another reason for poor cat interactions can be how we react when we think one I think what makes sense here is medications for both cats – and I will buy a cat tree for both cats. Once, I came home early from work because I was sick. Anyways, as you know I have Moco (male) and he is fully declawed and very gentle cat. One additional point – sometimes, and I don’t think in your case, but I want to bring it up – people try to do the best and try to encourage cats to get together. Conflict can be so subtle that a human might not even notice it. Lately, we may be reaching a point of detente, and neither cat has yet been badly injured (the foster is a real lover and seems to withdraw and not fight – but she growls). For example, a cat âAâ may be sitting in a window as an outside cat walks by. Thanks for being a good samaritan and bringing home a foster kitty. It has been six months – the foster is pretty much confined to our bedroom – the resident cat (both are females, the resident cat is 13 yrs old and the foster maybe 2-4 yrs) stalks the foster at every opportunity. Other examples of situations we cannot avoid are often a loud noise outside or something else that frightens one of the cats that we have no control over – and often it happens when we aren’t present to recognize what caused the problem. (The resident cat is 13 years old, about 9 pd female tortie short hair. Discussion. Vetstreet. Any pointers? What can I do to resolve this problem, if there is a solution, without separation? Email Address: Over lunch, veterinarian and dog behaviorist Some cats just wonât give peace a chance. cat to wear and harness and leash, so that you can control their actions and The cats involved in the conflict may never be âbest friendsâ again, but they usually can live together without showing signs of conflict or conflict-related sickness. Possible causes include: 1. to answer further questions. Spraying mâ¦ Pupil dilation is common. feel you have to move things along, then I prefer to train the foster or new I have heard of more people being scratched or bitten because of these attempts. I think we are in a vicious cycle because the resident cat doesnt like not getting access to the bedroom – but the reason the door is shut is because she is attacking the foster.