2 cats,1 house for 1 1/2 years

by mandy turpin
(thunder bay on ca)

I have had 2 cats for about 1 1/2 years and all of a sudden 3 days ago I got up out of bed to the phone ringing and a drill being used in the apartment next door( live in a 12 apartment builing in the basement) I got the phone and my friend was at the door so I let her in and 2 minutes later the older male(both are males, not fixed yet) let out a long loud meow so I went to see what was going on and then he started to attack the younger male. I automatically seperated the fight and put them in seperate rooms while i went out. When I returned home they were out of the room and had been fighting the whole time I believe, because there was clumps of fur all over and the younger one was trying to hide under the table, hissing and the older one growling. I did get scratched pretty good. I have had them seperated for 3 days trying to get them slowly used to eachother again but the young one is scared and runs back to his safe haven (my sons room). Will my cats become friends again or does one have to go?

Answer by Kate
This sounds like a classic case of what is know as trauma aggression. This is a strange situation when a cat is scared by something could be anything a loud noise etc and then blames the other cat.

I am afraid the only way to cure the problem is to build the confidence they have in each other again. this can take a few weeks I'm afraid and does require you to be in attendance during their meetings. Basically you have to reintroduce them following this procedurehttps://www.our-happy-cat.com/introducing-cats.html.

Don't worry it can be over come and peace can break out again

best wishes kate

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