My two cats hate each other - any ideas?
I'm out of ideas and am looking for suggestions.
We picked up a stray cat in our community back in October. It's my guess that a family moved out of the area and they just let several cats go free hoping someone would pick them up (he was one of a couple that I saw roaming around). Anyway, we took him in. He's male, I'd say he's about a year and a half now. He'd been taken care of as he was neutered and declawed. We got him new shots just in case as of course he didn't have a collar.
Back in late Feb, my wife went to the pet store, humane society was there and begged me to get another cat. As it was her birthday I said fine. This one is female, she has her claws (which I think is the problem but we have them capped). And of course the humane society neutered her and spayed and blah blah blah. On a side note (which the humane society probably didn't know at the time), this one has Asthma and we've been giving her shots.
Anyway, we brought the new cat home and have been trying to integrate them for several weeks now. They absolutely hate each other. Oddly, since she is the female, sickly in my opniion, and he was here first, she is the aggressor. She will not leave the male cat alone. Especially in the morning/early afternoon she will stalk/attack him. He on the other hand, just wants to be left alone (more on that in a bit). Unfortunately, he doesn't fight back, he cowers until she is on top of him and then he'll scream and yell and eventually run away. She runs after him and depending on her mood it will start over (stalking/attack).
My guess is that the male cat was abused during the time he was on his own. Since he doesn't have claws, he probably couldn't defend himself at all and that behavior is just ingrained into his system. I'm not sure if he wasn't abused by people as well because he really doesn't like *us* all that much either. Never purrs, doesn't like to be held (or petted) all that much. He pretty much wants to just be left alone. He used to play quite a bit but hasn't much since she arrived. Actually a sweet cat just wants to be left alone for the most part.
I don't know *what* her problem is. There are days in which she doesn't bother him too much (she seems to always stalk) and there are days in which she attacks. There are days in which they have been 2 feet from each other without any incident (although he always growls/hisses at her if she's *too* close). On the other hand, she loves us. Purrs, paws our laps, gives us baths on occassion. A very good cat to *us*.
We've tried just about everything. Currently she is on "kitty prozac" and has been for a couple of weeks but it doesn't seem to be helping.