Cat fights.

@ravend (661)
Malta
February 17, 2009 2:45pm CST
Does anyone have cats? I have two cats at home. Basically, when I moved in my new flat, I brought with me this big persian, who is the 'alpha male' of the house. Around a year ago, my brother found a wet stray kitten in the rain and he brought him home. Initially, he seemed to be getting along fairly well with the persian. However, when the kitty hit cat-puberty, fights started to rise and we have to keep them apart all the time,since the persian keeps attacking the kitty, and it was getting out of control. I have talked to a vet regarding this problem, and the only thing he said was 'once a behaviour is settled in, its hard to get rid of it.' Has anyone ever had a similar problem? How did you solve it?
2 responses
• United States
17 Feb 09
I had a similar issue. I found a stray when we moved in to this house, Shop Kitty (aptly named because he used to live in the shop). I took him in, got him neutered, and he ruled the house. Until last summer I found a starving stray female in the yard. I started feeding her, my daughter named her Princess, and she eventually moved in as well. These two do not like each other, we soon discovered Princess was pregnant which I think added to her grumpiness. She used to attack Shop Kitty every time she saw him, I mean run across the house to attack him. She was punished each time, and now I cannot say they are friends, but they mostly ignore each other. Separating them may only add to the problem, because they are not able to work it out. Though, if your new guy is much smaller you may need to step in. I think mostly, cat fights are a lot of noise more than anything. Unless you have two toms fighting over a girl. If your cats are both neutered, they should settle down in time. I hope that helps.
@ravend (661)
• Malta
17 Feb 09
Yes, they are both Toms. The older one is neutered, should the other oe be neutered as well. I had read somewhere that having other cats in the area though not necessarily not in the house also contributes to the tension. There is another ginger tom in the block, who is particularly very well loved by the tabby strays of the area. In fact, I used to pet and play a lot with this ginger tom on my way home, but I don't anymore, because I know that my toms would see me and that would add to the tension.
• United States
19 Feb 09
I think just for the health of your cat in the long run it should be neutered. It will take away those "urges" and help him to settle down somewhat. I dont think that petting other cats in your neighborhood is wrong, I do it all the time with no problems. Good luck.
@apples99 (6562)
• United States
17 Feb 09
I have had two cats before in the past, but now I just have one cat and back when I had the two cats whenever they were alone together they would fight, and me and my family had to keep them apart sometimes because they were jalousie of each other, and I hate to see animals fight because I dont like to see them get hurt I dont know but from my experience some cats never get along we had those two cats for a long time, and they still fought once and while. but I hope that your situation with your kitty's gets better.