Why does one cat turn on another cat

@redoc1 (12)
United States
January 10, 2007 7:32am CST
I have two female cats and have had them for several years. I adopted them from a local shelter. We got the first cat and decided to get another they got along great at first, but about 2 years ago the second cat started being nasty to the first cat. She hisses at her and swats at her and the poor cat hasn't done anything to her. Can anyone explain why she is acting like that?
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• Netherlands
10 Jan 07
I think that the second cat wants to be the boss in your house. Mostely that is the reason why cats try eachother out. The want to see who's the boss. Normaly it will go away after a while.
@redoc1 (12)
• United States
10 Jan 07
That's what I thought. But it has been going on for a little over 2 years. Thanks for your post.
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• India
10 Jan 07
cat and fat! - cat which is fat!
Its the nature of cats. They always want to be the beloved/boss of the home and if there anybody try share the post/place, then there comes big fight. But cats will learn to grow together if you grow 2 or 3 kittens in the same age group at same time. In this case they thought themselves that cats are nor born or grown alone, so ther will be somebody always with them.
@rosie_123 (6118)
29 Jan 07
Cats are territorial animals - they like their own space and they guard their own personal space very well. Maybe the second cat feels like the other one is crowding her in some way. Or perhaps she is jealous like a chld because she thinks the other one is getting more of your time and attention. Also, as another poster said, she may be trying to become "top cat" - just as you always get one "big cat" in the wild like a lion or a toier who is in control of the others in the group. I am sure it will calm down in time.
@scribe1 (1207)
• United States
29 Jan 07
It's probably a territorial thing that will take some time. I should know. My Tabitha was very territorial! When I first bought her home, she ran to the sunporch and hissed at my Rodney, scaring him so much that he ran away! And when I bought a stray that I named Puss, home, Tabitha hated her at first sight. It wasn't until many, many months later that the two more or less avoided each other. Cat personalities can be challenging to deal with. And by the way, my Columbus and Waffles don't have anything much to do with each other, although my vet explained that shelter cats' attitude is basically, I'll leave you alone if you leave me alone.
• India
29 Jan 07
well sorry for this bt i dont like cats...and their activities too..never point out this thing...i'm just scared frm their eyes...horrible..