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Recently my cat has been having an unpleasant outdoor experience with the other cats in our area.

Today we saw her have a pretty long confrontation with another cat in out garden, it lasted a good 20-30 mins. The last I saw of Ophelia was her running into a bush in the garden as this was happening. It's been 5 hours since now and she's nowhere to be seen. I know it's too early to panic but usually if she is outside - within seconds of opening the door to outside you'll see a big furball galloping towards you.

Is it usual for cats to be absent for a while after these sort of circumstances?

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Yes, her behavior is normal under the circumstances. It seems she was bullied and frightened, and it is normal for her to hide until "the coast is clear" to come back home to you. The other cat could still be nearby within her sight and she doesn't want to risk making a move toward the house and getting beat up. It may help if you go out in the garden and call, maybe she'll feel safe and confident enough to come to you. Otherwise, you may have to wait until later, when she feels it's safe to come back to the house.
 

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Thank you for the reply.

I have an interesting update. I just found her in my garden, but she's being shadowed by this other feral cat constantly. Where ever she goes, it chases her. I walked up to the feral cat to sort of shoo it away, but it hissed back and doesn't run away, it just sort of backs off. Then as my cat walked away the feral cat sprinted around me and went straight for my cat. I then attempted to spray it with water, but with being so close to my cat, they both run off. Npw that it's pitch dark, I can't see anything and feel helpless.

I'm sure I'm not the only one to have gone through this as a cat owner, I'm sure many peoples' cats have experienced this. What do cats usually do? Will this cat continue to stalk my cat? I want her in before we go to sleep tonight, but it's looking highly unlikely. Will this cat eventually let my cat go? My mum is getting extremely stressed by the whole situation, as am I.
 

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I wish I could help, but i don't know much about this. My cat is indoor only. :( In fact, this is one reason why he's indoor only.
 

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If Ophelia is not spayed, it's likely a male chasing her because he wants to mate with her, whether she's willing or not and letting her know he's available. If that's the case, you should get her spayed right away.

If she is spayed, he may be just trying to claim her territory and bully her letting her know who's boss and/or hoping she'll leave. Also it may be another female who has decided your backyard is her territory, and want to drive the intruder out.
 
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