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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-01-2008, 08:59 PM Thread Starter
 
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fighting cats...

hey again.
i've got a serious catfighting problem here. at the beginning of november i moved into a new house, we've got 4 people and 5 cats here. i've been keeping my 3 cats mostly locked up in my bedroom because i wanted my room to be their 'safe' room. as i started letting them out, my cujo got into little spats with my roommate's cat, nolan. they were nothing big at first, but they've escalated into full blown cat fights. i came home today to find cujo with a bloodied back claw (i think it's torn off, does he needs a vet or will it heal up on it's own?) and a scratched nose. apparently, cujo broke out of my room and attacked nolan, and nolan at one point during the fight defecated and urinated, so i'm assuming thats a pretty serious fight.

i can't keep them in my room forever, it's driving me (and them) insane. any suggestions on what we can do to fix this situation? i've got a feliway diffuser in my room but the rest of the house is too big for that to do any good. there's no way to separate them between the floors, it's an open stairwell. we've been letting mine out while nolan is locked away and vice versa but mine are not happy locked up and are starting to tear up the carpet. i can't blame them, the room is far to small to have 3 cats in.

my only idea so far (which i have not tried) is to put them into carriers and let them have it out while they can't reach each other. don't know if that will do any good.

ideas? please?
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-01-2008, 09:31 PM
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Re: fighting cats...

Perhaps you and your roommate could try restraining them, and then holding them in your lap while in the same room. Perhaps sit across the room from each other, and just let them get used to each other's presence. If they growl or start acting very naughty, punish them by putting them in a carrier, or back into the room. If they are good, give them treats.

But then again, sometimes cats will just never get along. When I used to bring Nito to my friend's house, Nito and her kitty Legion never were able to sort out their issues. Nito hates him for no good reason. Hopefully you are able to figure out something that works for you.
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i'm not sure the holding thing would work, they get pretty agitated at the sight of each other and i've already been the victim of some redirected aggression. note to self- don't put a body part between angry cats have a staring match.
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post #4 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-01-2008, 09:52 PM Thread Starter
 
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here's his hurt claw:

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I would strongly recommend trying to restain fighting cats.
Are both of the boys fixed?
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yeah, they're both fixed. all 5 kitties in the house are fixed.

when the fights started getting worse we just stopped letting them out together, today was just a fluke and cujo got loose. went straight for nolan, chased him upstairs then downstairs. i was gone for the fight, good thing too because i probably would have freaked seeing my baby bleeding.
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Re: fighting cats...

I would watch that claw very carefully, and if you have any doubt, take him to the vet tomorrow. That's quite a wound.

Perhaps you could re-introduce the cats. Take a good two weeks or more.
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is it ok to put some neosporin or hydrogen peroxide or something on his claw?

hi jeanie! i wish i was here under better circumstances as well...
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Poor baby! That looks pretty bad. Treat it as you would a bad cut on a human - with antiseptic, some triple antibiotic ointment, and a clean bandage changed regularly. Might be a good idea to let a vet look at it, too.

Is that bone sticking out, to the right of the claw?
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I did a quick search on the forum and Google, and Neosporin seems to be okay, but hydrogen peroxide can kill healthy cells. One person said they use it 50/50 with water, but I would stick with Neosporin, and cover it with a bandaid or something so your cat doesn't lick it off.

Hope that helps...

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