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Member since 25 Jun 2009
Member from Auckland
We have two Tom cats, the first one we got from the SPCA as an adult cat about 4 years ago, but now that we have also adopted another adult male stray from our neighbour we have problems. Both cats are males and are doctored. The second cat called Tiger, is so domineering that the other one called Tommy has become distressed and cowers. I first took the stance that they will sort it out themselves, but that is not what is happening. It is about 4 months now and it is getting worse. I now use a water pistol to the domineering cat Tiger and yes that helps but as soon as I have my back turned or am out of the room Tiger still attacks Tommy. I dare not leave them alone in one room as one night a few weeks ago we came back home to find blood all over the bed, clearly from a fight but could not find the injury on either cat, so clearly was only superficial, but it is not nice.
What do you think? Any advise other than get rid of the dominant cat as he is really quite nice to us?
Many thanks Onekiwigirl
Member since 07 May 2008
Member from Cambridge
just wondering which cat was there first? Is it the new cat that is dominant? Or the original tomcat?
You can get a pheramone releaser from the vet, like a plug in, which gives off a hormone that is sposed to settle cats down
People tend to humanise animals and expect that in a couple days/weeks together they'll sort it out.. but for a cat it's all about territory and this is what the fighting is all about... I guess you're lucky one or both of them aren't marking their 'space'...
Another thought is homeopathic sprays or drops into their water supply or on food or straight onto their fur.. rescue or other remedies may help..
Thanks for your advise and in reply to your comments - it is the new cat who is dominant. I have tried the plug-in hormone and it made little difference. And it has been 4-5 months now.
Member since 04 Jul 2008
Member from Hawera
Your vet should have a natural product called Sedapet (or try a health shop or maybe the pet shop). You are supposed to spray it in their mouth but I actually used to spray it on my cat's back or paw. Somewhere they can lick it off easily. It takes the edge off their anxiety or aggression. My friend has a small dog that fits when it hears thunder and she uses this product successfully on her. I would recommend it as I have used it for several years. Alison
Member since 06 Jul 2009
Member from Tauranga
maybe re home the trouble maker?
Incidently if they have both been de sexed they are not
tom cats but Nueter males. Tom cats are entire males. Which is the older of the two?
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