I'll start with a little backround, we have 4 cats (and 3 dogs), and they all get along wonderfully. All of the cats eat together, sleep cuddled up next do each other, play together, bathe each other, ect. We've never had a problem with any of them fighting at all (not counting some hissing when we intruduced them to each other, or the rare hiss when the get annoyed). We have had two of the cats, Ivan & Dusty, for about 2-3 years, and the other two, Tigger and Pepper, we have had for a little over one year. All of them the best of friends until tonight.
There was a strange cat at the window (not sure if it was male or a female in heat or something) and Ivan & Dusty were both at the window watching the cat. Dusty started hissing and running back and forth, to the couch and back to the window, over and over. Then they both start hissing and suddenly start fighting each other. Hissing, clawing, biting, fur standing up, everything. I had no idea how to break them up, and was holding my dog by the collar because she was trying to run over to them (luckily the other cats and dogs were upstairs). I wasn't near any blankets or coats to throw over them, and no water guns or squirt bottles were nearby. After probably 40-50 seconds, they had broken it up and we immidietly separated them before it could start back up (they were both still acting aggressive). I'm really upset and scared, i love all of them to death and have no idea what to do. We put one of the cats (dusty) in a bedroom with a littler box and water, but he keeps scratching and meowing at the door. We let them out for a couple minutes, and they seemed okay-no hissing, their hair wasn't standing up, ect-but they were watching each other and the cat who started it (dusty) kept following the other cat (ivan) and staring at him kind of strange-i don't want to say it was like a chanlanging stare, but maybe it was kind of close... So we put him back in the bedroom.
We kept the other cat out, and he seemed okay, but was acting a little odd. He kept scraching at the floor and tried to wipe his butt on the carpet. I figured he was marking his territory or something. Anyway, i googled cats fighting and read that in a fight like this i should separate them for a day or two and slowly re-introduce them. But i'm worried that if dusty is in the room to long, he will get upset, and then when we let him out, he will be irritated and that could cause a problem.
Anyway, its 2:30 a.m., so i can't really do much right now, and i have to get up at 8:00, and i have to be gone for most of the day tomorrow! Do I leave him in there? I don't want to let him out now, because i can't keep an eye on them. In the morning we plan on letting dusty out of the room and sticking ivan in for awhile. But what about while were gone all day, do i keep them shut in??? Any thoughts or suggestions on what to do with the whole situation?
Wow...sorry that is so long. I hope it all makes since, i'm really sleepy and upset, so it might be all jumbled. Thanks for reading!!
Oh, and when i attempted to break up the fight, Dusty ran towards me and hissed as though he was going to start attacking me. Now i am a little afraid of him, even though he hasn't done it again. Oh, and should i worry about them with the other two cats?? They have been acting fine but i'm really worried about more fighting...