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mindie
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From:Beaverton, OR
Registered: Jan 2004

posted 01-22-2004 09:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mindie     Edit/Delete Message
We have two Bengals. Manga is a little over 2 years old. Miji is about 6 months and we've had her since September. When we first brought Miji home, Manga growled and hissed a little but has never "attacked" Miji. Generally Manga only got upset if Miji tried to butt in when Manga was sitting in our lap or laying on our bed with us. The two got along most of the time very well - they would play, wash each other, share food, snuggle together, etc.

Earlier this week, we had Miji spayed. Manga must have thought that the 8 hours while Miji was gone meant that she was gone for good. When we brought Miji home that afternoon, Manga went nuts. She now charges at Miji, actually swats and bites her, and screams (for lack of a better description) at her. We have never seen Manga as violent as she has been these past few days. Our vet has prescribed some sleeping pills to try to calm her down, but it's not working. Manga still tries to attack Miji even though she can't even walk straight while she's on the pills.

Poor Miji doesn't understand why Manga is being so mean, and frankly neither do we. I also feel sorry for Manga and do not want her to be drugged up all the time. Does anyone have any advice?

I've read a little about the Comfort Zone plug-in product. Is this worth a shot? It's breaking my heart to have these two sweet cats be so upset.

Any thoughts and ideas would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!

Mindie

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Yahdah
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From:Sydney,NSW,Australia
Registered: Dec 2003

posted 01-23-2004 12:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Yahdah     Edit/Delete Message
Hello,
I am sorry to hear of your troubles in your cat family, it sounds very violent and heartbreaking.
I would suggest trying to make both cats smell the same, and hopefully your eldest cat will settle down.
there is a product called FELIWAY which has several benifits http://www.feliway.com/
another option is to spray them both with your personal scent/perfume.
This may sound yucky, but I find rubbing the eldest cat's urine onto the younger one works a treat.

best of luck with it all.

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Chessmind
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From:CA
Registered: Nov 2003

posted 01-23-2004 12:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chessmind     Edit/Delete Message
Hello. I agree with Yahdah about trying the Feliway. However, perfume should not be sprayed on cats for many reasons. One of which is that perfume is not meant to be ingested and cats will lick it off their fur. Another reason is that cats have a keen sense of smell and perfume can be so over powering for them and cause them to be quite unhappy. It would be like you smelling like rotten fish all day long and there was nothing you could do about it. Another member here suggested rubbing both cats down with the same towel. That way both their smell is on each other. That's worth a try as well. Take a look at the link below about cat agression. It may take a moment to load, as it's on Acrobat Reader. http://www.sfhumanesociety.com/Forms/SolvingCatAgression.pdf

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lucidity03
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From:Pittsburgh, PA, USA
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posted 01-23-2004 12:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for lucidity03     Edit/Delete Message
The other two responses looked like they may have touched on it. Cats are very sensitive to smell. The one may be freaked out by the vet smell.

I never tried the plug in stuff you're talking about but I hear it can work.

I would consider doing something as simple as rubbing each cat with the same cloth until hopefully both of the kitties smell similar.

I hope things calm down and this is tempoary. Maybe someone else will have more advice.

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mindie
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From:Beaverton, OR
Registered: Jan 2004

posted 01-26-2004 11:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mindie     Edit/Delete Message
Thank you, everyone, for the advice and helping to calm me down. Conditions between Manga and Miji are improving since I've been sharing their scents between them. I appreciate your replies!

Thanks again!

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