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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-24-2006, 10:36 AM Thread Starter
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I've had a third cat for nealy two years. JoJo got out one night and after 3 mos. thinking JoJo would never be found we adopted Billie. JoJo did come back thus the 3 cats.
Now, Billie is the dominat cat. Billie and Big Tom seem to have buddied up and JoJo seems to be left out. JoJo is on her guard when Billie is in the same room and I can see it. This morning I really noticed it after putting up a new toy. Of course Jo was the last kitty to play with it and the whole time she's on her guard again. One of the cats started to come near her as she played and Jo hissed. Is this normal? I feel sorry for JoJo, she was the first cat adopted in this herd. Should I be doing anything? I'm always for the underdog or em undercat.

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-26-2006, 12:36 AM
 
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I rescue cats all of the time and all of mine are females. (I have 4 currently) They seem to get along, it just takes time.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-26-2006, 09:03 AM
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I don't think you want to do anything to influence cats' social hierarchy. It won't be effective and you'll just be frustrated. If two cats are getting at each other too much, you might need to separate them until they cool off. Pay attention to who's the dominant cat and respect that rank. Otherwise the dominant cat is more likely to take it out on the other cats.

Hopefully their spats are nothing too serious or too long-lasting. But I did have to rehome one cat because of constant aggression.
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I don't think you want to do anything to influence cats' social hierarchy. It won't be effective and you'll just be frustrated. If two cats are getting at each other too much, you might need to separate them until they cool off. Pay attention to who's the dominant cat and respect that rank. Otherwise the dominant cat is more likely to take it out on the other cats.

Hopefully their spats are nothing too serious or too long-lasting. But I did have to rehome one cat because of constant aggression.
Very good point, and it's the little things too....I was having trouble with two of my females being at odds all the time, one of them being the dominate cat. It took me forever to realize that I was feeding them in the wrong order. Once the dominate female started getting fed first, everything quieted down.
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