Problems with a newly spayed kitten & her brother

by Amanda Barrett

Yesterday my 6-month old female kitten was spayed at the vet. As instructed, I brought her home and kept her quiet in her own area. Later I tried to reintroduce her to her brother (neutered a month ago) who then started hissing manically at her and running away. He now seems petrified of her and will not go anywhere near her. Any ideas what this is or how I can deal with it. Previously they were quite good friends. Thanks

Answer by KAte
Yes, don't worry this is a common problem. BAsically your male cat has become frightened. Probably by the smell from the vets.

The best thing to do is to re introduce them in safe, slow manner where confidence can be rebuilt without the fear of injury etc. The process for this is described here

Take your time with this and they will slowly regain trust in each other and loss the fear.

best wishes kate

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by: tracy


When we took our 6 month old kitten to get spayed the same things happened when we brought her home. Our 3 year old male cat starting hissing at her. The vet had put on the paperwork that this could happen because of the smells of the vet and the other cat smells that. By the next day they were pretty much back to their normal selves playing with each other again. My two kitties adore each other so I know who difficult it is when something like that happens. They are very sensitive to smells and it causes a lot of strange behavior. Don't worry I know all cats are different and it may take longer for some cats, but they will go back to normal eventually.Helium

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