I'm having a bit of a behavior issue with my boys. It may be my own fault, I'm not sure.
I have two boys of my own (6 and 2) and two extra boys we've been housesitting since October (est. 2 and 3). When the two new boys came to live with us, one of them (the three year old) was not fixed and immediately started spraying all over our brand new furniture. His owner said he would pay for the neuter as soon as he could, but it might be a few months. So from October to January this poor guy had to live in a separate bedroom by himself where he wouldn't spray.
While he was by himself, my two year old and the new two year old really bonded. My six year old has always kind of been a momma's boy and while he doesn't actively have a problem with the younger boys, he for the most part ignores them. The little ones are best friends and sleep together, eat together, and play together..
When we got the other male fixed, we tried letting him out with the other three. He no longer sprays (which is fantastic) but he cannot seem to get along with anyone! I thought it would just take a few days of adjusting, like it usually is when introducing a new kitty.. But almost two months later he still attacks the other boys. His owner said he's always attacked his brother, but now he seems to mainly target my two year old.
When he does go after my little one, my six year old goes into alpha male mode and steps in while the little ones sit right behind him (the three of them make a funny little triangle formation) acting as back up? I'm not sure..
It's gotten so bad (my six year old who already has a lot of health issues, ended up at the vet with two abcesses needing to be shaved and drained) and the two little ones constantly having scratched up faces that he can't be out with the other cats unless someone is home to break up fights.
Did I bring this on myself by having him alone for so long? He's not territorial over that room, the fights start every where. Is there anything I can do to make everyone adjust to each other without ending up injured? I feel awful making this guy live in a room by himself but I don't see another option until they go back home.
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