Question about my cat.

by Jamie
(Mentor, Ohio)

I live with my mother and her and I have an adult male cat. My mothers boyfriend has started bringing his cat over with him on the weekends and his cat is almost full grown and is a male also. The two cats are not getting along well together and my cat has just recently started hideing and vomiteing when he eats. Is this a behaviourl change due to there being another male cat in our home or is there possibly something else wrong with him, not related to having another male cat in the house? We also have a dog and he is normally okay with the dog but recently has also attempted to be agressive towards the dog that we've had for well over a year now. Its strange.

Answer by Kate
you have not mentioned if the cats are both neutered or not. If they are not then yes this would definitely cause conflict and stress.

I would say that if they are not spayed then making sure they both are will help the situation. It is also difficult for your cats to get to know each other if they only see each other now and again.

There is a process for introducing cats to each other to help them build confidence in each other. the process is described here

It may also be a good idea to take your cat to the vet if he has not been for awhile just to have him checked out. Cat vomiting can be caused by all sorts of things, anxiety being just one of them.

best wishes kate

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