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Cat fighting problem.. any suggestion are more than welcomed..
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hara28 posted:
Hello everyone.. i have a problem with two of my cats and i would be grateful for some brainstorming over the subject, that might lead to a solution other than seperating the cats.
To begin with, I have 4 cats, three male and one female, all of them sterilized. The three are 3 years old and the fourth is 12 years old (male) and blind since birth (very normal and confident behaviour). They were all getting along just fine until recently. The oldest cat probably getting more insecure as years go by, has developed some fear towards one of the other male cats. The younger cat is pretty fat and may be that is one of the reason that causes the fear to the older cat (he has gotten very thin while growing up).. anyway the problem is that the older cat fears the young one and shows hostility towards him while at the same time, some times the young one seams to be bulling the older one may be because he takes that for a game.. i cant be sure about that ofcourse.
Are there any ideas -apart from putting the yound cat in a diet- on how could i reconsile the cats or at least make the older cat feel more comfortable and less threatened by the younger one.
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AMERICAN VETERINARY MEDICAL ASSOCIATION
Drew Weigner, DVM, ABVP responded:
Whenever a behavioral change is noticed, particularly in an older cat, it's time to take them in for an examination. While straight behavior problems do develop in cats, older cats are far more likely to have a medical cause for their change in behavior. Common diseases such as thyroid disease, hypertension, kidney disease, etc. all show behavioral changes long before they act sick, so this may be an opportunity to diagnose a problem in its' earliest stages. If your veterinarian finds nothing wrong, a pheromone diffuser may be helpful.

Drew Weigner, DVM, ABVP
The Cat Doctor
Board Certified in Feline Practice
 
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hara28 replied to Drew Weigner, DVM, ABVP's response:
To begin with, thanks for your quick response. The older cat
had a blood test less than a year ago and everything was perfectly normal.
So you wouldn't think is more a pshycological issue do to the fact that the yound cat is very big and the old one might feels threatened by him? Note that the older's cat behaviour is different only towards the specific cat and not in general.
What exactly is the preromone diffuser you mentioned?


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