my two female cats are fighting
(melbourne, victoria, australia)
If two sister cats who've lived together from birth and have only ever been indoors, have always gotten along and been quite close but have never been desexed and are now over a year old, could they suddenly "turn" as in, start attacking each other, hissing, growling, arched back, staying as far away from each other as possible and generally behaving terrified of each other - would this mean that one of them has gone "feral"?
Answer by Kate
No they have not gone feral. feral cats have never had a home and have always been wild cats who would not have had any contact with humans during their life.
No what has happened here is quite natural. It doesn't matter to a cat whether or not the other cat is related to them or not. they are driven my instinct and hormones. So with your cats now becoming adults tehy are now very territorial and will become aggressive as they start to have their periods of being in heat.
the best way for this to be stopped is to have both cats spayed. this will stop the aggressive territorial behavior and they should return to their old selves.
female cats can be on heat for nine months of the years for about a week at a time with a few weeks in between.
I do have a page about cts being in heat and also some pages about cat spaying which you may find of further informationhttp://www.our-happy-cat.com/cat-in-heat.htmlhttp://www.our-happy-cat.com/neuter.html
best wishes Kate
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