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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 05-15-2009, 04:01 PM Thread Starter
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Cats not getting along

We adopted Earl Grey this past weekend from the humane society. He is about 1 1/2 years old and is neutered. We decided he needed a friend so we went back to the shelter and adopted Lily. She is not spayed yet and is in heat. I'm not sure how old she is. When we brought Lily home, we left her in the crate for a few minutes and let them sniff each other. Earl Grey seemed really interested in her. We let her out and Earl Grey was smelling her and trying to play. Within 5 minutes she was hissing at him and hiding under the couch. This continued for about an hour and then we decided to put her in a bigger crate we have for a while until they could get used to each other. When we let her out, she was a little nicer but the hissing continued. We left her in the crate over night so they wouldn't fight. When we let her out the next morning, she was a lot nicer and even let Earl Grey lick her. They had a few fights with hissing, but it was a lot better. Then Earl Grey's behavior started to change. He became really aggressive with her and now pounces on her and bites her neck. He is also aggressive toward us when we try to pet him he will bite. She's warming up to him and tries to lick him but he'll turn around and try to bit her. Is this just sexual aggression since she's not spayed yet, or is he telling us he doesn't like her? Will his behavior return to normal once we get her spayed and will they get along better? Will her hissing stop once she is spayed?
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 06-27-2009, 01:54 AM
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Re: Cats not getting along

You can't just throw two cats together and hope they will get a long. You need to do a slow introduction. One of the first mistakes you made was you showed the cats to eachother when you brought Lily home, and let them sniff eachother. You should have confined Lily to a bedroom for atleast 3 days without any visual or physical contact between the two cats. Earl Grey will probably camp out infront of that door the whole time. After atleast 3 days, take Lily out of the room and put her in Earl Greys area, while putting Earl into her room, so they can sniff around and get to know eachothers scents. Do that for another few days, each time increasing the out time they have in eachothers space. Then let the cats see eachother through the opening of a door or through the crate like you have. If you see that they are hissing, swatting, or growling at eachother, seperate them again, as to reduce the amount of stress. Always give positive reinforcement, if they are being nice towards eachother, reward them with a treat and lots of petting, but if they start becoming agitated and aggressive, seperate them so they get a break from eachother. You may also want to get Lily spayed ASAP because it puts stress on both of the cats, especially since her scent changes while in heat. Hope this helped
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