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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-05-2015, 11:23 AM Thread Starter
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Cat being aggresive towards other 2 cats?

Smokey has become aggressive to my other 2 cats. A lot of hissing and chasing. What gives?

A little history: My first cat Colonel (RIP) came to me about 7 years ago. Around 5 years ago, I had finally completed my end of the bargain with my wife to get a second cat. I was in touch with several breeders to get my dream cat. An Ocicat On a cold Dec. night when I went to go to work oI a tripped over a shivering black cat Onyx. I quickly picked up Onyx and made a safe room for her. I had some trouble with introduction to Colonel, but after 4 months everything was fine.

When Colonel crossed in Aug 2013, I started visiting the local shelter. In Nov. I thought I met the cat that was for me, Tippy Toes. A semi long haired blank and white. When I took my wife to the shelter, she liked the cat in the next cage, Smokey. Well, "let's make hay while the sun is shining". According the shelter, Smokey and Tippy where a bonded pair. Both relinquished to them by an elderly lady that could no longer care for them. I adopted both of them.

Quick intro and everything has been good until 2 weeks ago. Smokey has become aggressive towards Tippy and Onyx.

What gives here? They have been together for over 1 year. How would you suggest I stop this? It isn't to the point of being real bad yet. Want to nip it before it becomes real bad. Should I just let it go or is Smokey just asserting her dominance? All cats are desexed females.

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could she be having some kind of pain or not feeling well and is grumpy? Or is she older than the other two? My 16 year old dog was like this when we had a new puppy. He just wants to be left alone.
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There's a few things that could be the cause, dominance isn't one, IMO.

As Deanna mentioned it could be a health issue, so I'd consider a vet check to rule that out.

It's also possible there's an outdoor cat that's setting Smokey off, if that's the case you may not ever even see the other cat - but you could check around the exterior of your home to see if a cat has been marking nearby. That would definitely trigger some cats.

As far as what you can do about it I'd start with having play times for Smokey every day, use a laser or wand toy and get her running until she's panting. Burning off the extra energy might just do the trick, but I'd also suggest 'family treat time' together every day. I use healthy delicious (to the kitties) treats like bites of cooked chicken breast or Purebites freeze dried chicken or duck. Having treats together will associate the other cats in the house with good things, and that can make a big difference over time.
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could she be having some kind of pain or not feeling well and is grumpy? Or is she older than the other two? My 16 year old dog was like this when we had a new puppy. He just wants to be left alone.
Smokey is 2 or 3 years old so it is not age. Could be pain. maybe another Vet visit is in order.
I have noticed that on rare occasions Smokey yelps when I stroke her hind quarters heavily. This has been going on and off since I have adopted her. I mentioned this to my Vet when we had her booster vaccinations visit. My Vet felt her up and found nothing.
When I have observed this behavior, it wasn't "Leave me alone" More so you get out of here, cornering them.

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There's a few things that could be the cause, dominance isn't one, IMO.

As Deanna mentioned it could be a health issue, so I'd consider a vet check to rule that out.

It's also possible there's an outdoor cat that's setting Smokey off, if that's the case you may not ever even see the other cat - but you could check around the exterior of your home to see if a cat has been marking nearby. That would definitely trigger some cats.
A Vet check is definitely going to happen. Since becoming a cat lover, I am a softy towards any dumped or stray cat. Stray cats have not affected my cats yet.
How do I check for markings around the house?

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Marshel,
For injuries, age doesn't count!
So it is possible that Smokey could have injured herself from a jump or a tumble!
Cats are notorious for hiding pain...
An X-ray of her hips and spine would be a good thing, you can find out if there's a new injury, or an old one, that's causing sensitivity...
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