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homestar butter
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From:Gainesville, FL, USA
Registered: Mar 2004

posted 03-17-2004 08:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for homestar butter     Edit/Delete Message
I think I really need some good advice. I have 3 cats (one female--8 yrs old, and two males, brothers--2 yrs old). Up to now, they have been very good together. The boys played mostly with each other, and they occassionally picked on the girl, but mostly left her alone. After a 3-day trip last weekend (I had someone check up on the cats each day), I came back to find Homestar (one of the brothers) covered in poop all over his body. It took an hour or so to give him a thorough bath (never done that before), but the two brothers basically hate each other now. They hiss at each other all day, and get into some very serious fights, like I've never seen before. Anytime I leave the house now, I have to separate them, and even if I'm around, they fight. Although Count (the other male) has always been a little bit dominant, he appears to want to take complete control over both of the other cats now. If Count is in the room, neither of the others will even come in. Count is getting really mean towards the other cats (and I think I can see some injuries on Homestar's face), though he acts like a little angel around me. All three cats were fixed when they were very young, but none of them are declawed (I just couldn't bring myself to do that).

Count is a great cat by himself, but when I see him pounding on Homestar, really trying to hurt him, I get so mad. I give him some timeout time away from me and the other cats, but then he just gets madder, so when he gets back out, he picks more fights. Does anybody have any suggestions about what to do in this situation? I'll call the vet tomorrow and get his advice. Things seem to be getting worse, and I'm not interested in having a mean cat, even if he's nice to people but mean to my other cats. Thanks a lot.


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From:Campton, NH USA
Registered: Jan 2004

posted 03-18-2004 06:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MaryNH     Edit/Delete Message
my bluepoint Siamese is a bully...when she's in one of her moods (referred to at our house as Tilly PMSing) I put a collar with a bell on her - the other cats can hear her coming (stalking them) and they can get out of her way.

And I have noticed that if Tilly has to wear her collar with the bell for a day she behaves for quite awhile - it humbles her.

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