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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-09-2013, 04:28 PM Thread Starter
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New member with kitty issues!

I have 2 cats, a senior male and a young adult male. I recently took in another young adult male cat.

My first 2 cats constantly harass and stalk the new cat. They attack him whenever possible and the fights are pretty serious. Right now, I am keeping the new cat in our basement. I bring him upstairs for a short while everyday only when I can be very close to stop attacks.

Should I just let them fight it out? Will they ever get along? It's been about 2 months now and doesn't seem to be improving.

Thanks for any help
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-10-2013, 10:26 AM
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I would begin introductions all over again. If there is fur flying and biting a and clawing you definitely need to start over. Here is an article which will help in tips of introductions. Cat-to-Cat Introductions | Little Big Cat

Book mark this library. Its a wealth of good information on cats too. Article Library | Little Big Cat
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-10-2013, 01:04 PM
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After a while, most cats work things out and agree to disagree and will somewhat peacefully cohabitate. I am assuming all cats are neutered? If not, that is probably a primary part of the problem.
I bought baby gates from a thrift store and stacked them one on top of another in a spare room doorway. That way the cats can see and smell each other but not get physical. After a couple days, put the resident cats in the room and let newbie explore around for a day or so, switch back and forth day after day (give it a week or so). If, after the reintroduction period the fighting continues, is physical and causes the fur to fly, then the possibility of rehoming needs to be considered. I would ignore growling or hissing, but physical fighting may mean more drastic measures, unfortunately. Not every cat is a good mix for a family of established cats. Best wishes.

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-13-2013, 04:47 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the great article and the advice.
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