Cats Don't Get Along

I have 3 cats; the oldest is 5 yrs old. I took in 2 kittens now about 2 yrs old. The last two are brothers, my 5 year old only likes one of them. He tries to hit the other and hisses at him. I feel bad because he really wants to play with the other two, but the older cat scares him by hissing and hitting him. I don't know what to do or try to get them all to get along.

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By betsymatt

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December 26, 20120 found this helpful

How long have you had the new kittens? Sometimes this will resolve on it's own. I have the same problem with an older cat I took in, and it is getting hard for me to deal with, so I am going to have to have him Neutered.

This should cut down on his aggressiveness. All the other cats, except for one, are fixed.

That being said.....Here is my idea:

I am big on keeping journals. Keep an aggression journal on the cat who is acting out towards the little one. When you fill this out, put when it happened, the time, the circumstances around the attack and then put in there what you did to stop it.

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I would get a can with several pennies in it to shake when this happens. Cats hate this. I also would get a water spray bottle.

The cat is afraid of losing something when it acts out.

It doesn't do it because it hates the other cats, it does it to safeguard what he thinks is his or her property. Sometimes they are just imbalanced. If you feel you cant handle it, then you can alwayr rehome the aggressor and then start on from there with the little ones who will have grown up together.

Also, I would go to the beginning and pretend you are just now introducing them. Put the kittens in one room, and the aggressor in the other room. They should be able to smell each other thru the door of the closed room that seperates them.

When they are done eating, then you can let them together again.

If it continues after you have done a lot of discouraging by shaking a can and spraying the aggressor with water, (which you only do once, after that shaking the bottle will do the trick)

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then I would take the aggressor to the vet and ask for a pill because he needs to calm down.

Also, you could also try to make a playtime about twice a day, with a homemade toy, where you get somewhere and wait for them and start playing with them with the toy. I have noticed that playing is bonding to the cats in our home.

My aggressor is very huge and he is almost dangerous. I am considering having him taken to the vet and put on medication also.

Also as a note, I was on amazon.com the other day, and I found this thing called Advantage refill for fleas. It is a large size tube of advantge with a syringe without a needle. You get the large size and then you put a certain amount on each cat, as opposed to buying a tube for each cat. I thought this was great. It was nine dollars, and it would probably treat all my cats.

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Hope this works out for both of us, since my big boy is such an aggressor towards one of my cats, and I am going to do the neuter thing, the journal thing etc. The only problem I have with him is that as an adult he never had his nails clipped. Don't clip the nails of the kitten who is being acted out against.

Blessings, and feel free to click my name and send me a message on here about how this is working. Also check out on ehow.com how to make a cat stop being aggressive.

Robyn

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December 26, 20120 found this helpful

I am also looking in to getting some special treats and teaching the aggressor how to sit and how to stay. They can be taught and I am tihnking I can replace the thoughts of my big boy with new thoughts of how to behave.

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Here are some samples I am looking at to get motivated to train my cat:

(target training)
youtu.be/zf13lGtazGI

(cat clicker training)
youtu.be/fFyVQsYifmE

Blessings, Robyn

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