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vanderlleef
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posted 09-21-2003 10:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for vanderlleef     Edit/Delete Message
I got married last year, and me my two cats moved in with my husband and his two cats. His male cat and my female cat can't get along at all. we did slow introductions, and kept her on one floor and him on another, separated by a screen door, so they could see each other. Whenever he gets a chance, he attacks her. It seems to be his mission in life. He also has taken to peeing in the area where the screen door is. At this point, he has to be kept separated when not supervised, and I know he resents this. Now there have been a few incidents that he had her in a corner (briefly), and it seems as if she was so scared that she took a dump on the floor. I have tried everything I can think of, but nothing works. HELP!

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fleafly
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From:sheridan, wy
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posted 09-21-2003 11:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for fleafly     Edit/Delete Message
You said you had two and he had two, how do the other cats get along? There have been some posts by people in similar situations. About halfway down the first page there is a post called the next chapter. You might read through this and see if it helps. If the male cats gets along with the other cats, I would suggest separating the female when you are not home and letting him roam free. Separating him will only make him resent her more.

I have had a similar situation with my cats. I ended up leaving the one that was being attacked, Bebe, in the spare bedroom when I am not home. Sometimes I leave a friendly cat in with her. If the other cats did attack Bebe when she was out I would give them a time out in a cat carrier. Different things work in different situations, but this seemed to help for me. Bebe was developing health problems from the stress. Since she is by herself when alone, she can relax. She isn't always on guard. She has developed more confidence and even wants to go out into the rest of the house by herself sometimes. I found that the time outs helped, but they have to be immediate and consistent. Also I would pay extra attention to the male cat while the female is around. This will reassure him that he is loved. I would also try to let mine be around each other in neutral situations. For example, with me holding the attacker and someone else with Bebe. We would each pet the cat we were holding and let them sniff noses and stuff. The attacks still happen sometimes, but it's getting better. This is a long process. I have been working on this for 6 months.

If it were my cats the first thing I would do would be to create a separate space for the girl and let the guy roam free. I would also start giving him timeouts for attacking her. Start with 15 minutes, and increase them if he keeps attacking her. After a while you can start introducing them to each other in neutral situations. Like I said different things work in different situations, but this is what I would try if I were you.

p.s. I also found that a squirt bottle could discourage a pending attack if you see it happening.

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vanderlleef
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posted 09-23-2003 06:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for vanderlleef     Edit/Delete Message
Thanks for your advice. I have been separating them, but it's the male that gets put in the basement (with another one of the cats). I have suspected that he becomes resentful, but it is easier to separate him because he is the one who pees all over the house and also because he leaves an incredible amount of fur all over the furniture (and I am allergic). I like your idea of a time out in a carrier. I usually just dump him back in the basement when he does this (knowing that this will probably make him even more resentful of being there). I will definitely try your suggestions. I was also thinking of getting an Anxiety Wrap for my female cat, because I think a lot of the problem is that she is not responding well to him due to anxiety. Thanks again!!!

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