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An_254176 posted:
we took a stray cat in for about 10 minurtes before one of my cats attacked him, we took the cat out, but now my two cats continue to
growl, and hiss at each other. How can I get them to be friends again??? they keep attacking each other
help !!!
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Bernadine Cruz, DVM responded:
How very sweet of you to care for the stray kitty. Your resident cats seem not to share your kind hearted philosophy. Cats love routine and the newcomer was viewed as a threat. Introducing novel items or pets can be distressing and if your two cats were in proximity to each other at the time of introduction, they may have inappropriately reassigned their fear and distrust onto the other cat. You may need to separate them for a period of time, then slowly reintroduce them to each other. Sniffing each other under the door and giving them separate love and attention can help to defuse the anxiety. Try using the calming pheremone product "Feliway" as plug ins around the house. I product that I have successfully used when bringing a new kitten into the home is a human liquid homeopathic product called Bach -Rescue Remedy. You can put a few drops onto your finger and rub it onto inside of the ear flaps. This can be done 2 to 3 times per day. I hope this helps....be patient.


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