my cats suddenly hate each other

by Jackie Baker
(Charleston, WV)

I have 2 six year old spayed litter mate cats that suddenly a couple of months ago started fighting. I came home from work and the little one (Shiloh) had her ears back, eyes dialated, and growling like a mountain lion. I was actually afraid of her. She and her larger sister (Tigger) were not getting along! Shiloh would chase Tigger down the stairs to the living room, hissing and growling. This lasted a couple of weeks. Now, for the last 6 weeks they are at it again. They have their front claws and I am afraid that they could hurt each other. Shiloh will not come out of the spare bedroom upstairs. She sees Tigger and she starts growling. I did put up baby gates (one on top of the other) but I need to get into that room everyday. I took down the baby gate. I have litter box, food and water both down stairs for Tigger and upstairs for Shiloh. Sometimes Tigger sneaks into the room and I hear eight feet clawing the wooden floor! Shiloh only gets off the bed or out from under the bed when I come into the room. She eats when I am sitting at the computer but looking around for Tigger who is in the hallway wanting to come in. Today I noticed that Shiloh had gone to the potty on the bed (which has her favorite blanket on it). I don't know what to do. They are totally inside cats and I must admit they have not been to the vet. Can you help? I am about ready to take them both to the no-kill shelter.

Thank You.

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Hi This sounds to me like something called aggression truama. It is a common problem when something frightens the cats and they blame the fear on the other cat even if it had nothing to do with them.

cat-aggression-trauma.html

You need to help the cats find their confidence in each other again in a safe environment. Now this procedure does take a little time and effort but is worth it in the end.

the process is described here

http://www.our-happy-cat.com/introducing-cats.html

Don't worry about the cats hurting each other, most of what you see and hear is all show and cats don't like to risk serious injury.

best wishes kate

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by: Anonymous

Thanks alot this is really helpful, my cats started doing this yesterday so will try your advice and see what happens but at least i understand now why my one hates the other one all of a sudden.

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