Indoor Cats Fighting

United States
October 17, 2006 3:00pm CST
I'm having a big problem with two of my male cats fighting (both are neutered and have no front claws) - specifically, one is bullying the other. The older male, Shadow, is 9 and used to be king of the house. The younger male, Leo, is 3 and now is king of the house. Leo, after many skirmishes with the older cat, seems to have established his dominance. The problem is, he has Shadow so upset and agitated that he has been hiding under a bed for weeks with Leo not letting him come out to potty or eat! I now have them separated by keeping one cat in a bathroom while the other is free, then rotate them every 12 hours. Shadow is so spooked that he is afraid to be out in the open, and continues to hide. Leo just gets angry being locked up. I have SEVEN cats all together, plus an old dog and a puppy. (This happened before the puppy arrived.) I don't have time to be a cat referee along with everything else and I'm at my wit's end! Does anyone have an answer to this, besides getting rid of the bully cat? Thanks! Karen
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@jzcb87 (1801)
• United States
17 Oct 06
I had the same problem with my 2 cats. Mother and Daughter(both adults now), they fight, but it never seems as if they are really trying to bring harm to each other when they do fight.
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• United States
17 Oct 06
They were like that at first - no real harm was done. Now the older cat has scabs from bite marks on his neck! This really worries me - I thought that once they had established the pecking order, the fighting should stop. It is almost as if the younger one is being vindictive!
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• United States
18 Oct 06
squirt them with water when they begin to fight and show both the same amount of affection. feed them in separate rooms. you have to teach them that neither of them are dominant over anyone and that you are the dominant one and it is your territory not theirs.
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