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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-21-2005, 08:10 PM Thread Starter
 
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I've noticed strange behavior

Hi everyone!

I'm glad I found this forum, as I might finally learn the reason behind the strange behaviour of one of my cats

Early last year, I introduced a fairly young, ex-feral male cat into the house. I have two other male cats, both geriatric, and the new cat wants to fight to the death with one of them, but that's not the odd behaviour.

Though the new cat seems to loathe one of my guys much of the time, at other times, he will approach and lick the top of the head of the one he hates, like they are best buds! The contrast between the bites and ripped-out chunks of fur, to kisses on top of the head just seems too bizarre. He also gives kisses to my other cat, but is completely submissive to him. Does anyone know what could be reason behind this behavior? Thank you for the help.
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-21-2005, 08:19 PM
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I'm guessing that by grooming he's being submissive, but by fighting, he's challenging for dominance. Kind of an unresolved social conflict going on there, I think. Is he neutered? That should cut down on the fighting. Neutered boy cats don't usually fight much amongst each other....real fights, I mean.
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-21-2005, 08:38 PM Thread Starter
 
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Yes, all my guys are neutered. I got the new guy snipped when he was touchable, but still partially wild, before I brought him in to stay.

What you've said is something I had wondered about, but kind of dismissed because of all the fights, and they have bad fights. I have to put them in separate rooms whenever I go out, or I'm afraid I'll come home to find a godawful, bloodied mess.
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-21-2005, 09:11 PM
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There's a synthetic pheromone product called Feliway that's supposed to calm cats. You might take a look into that.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-21-2005, 09:36 PM Thread Starter
 
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I'll look into this product. Thank you!
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