Cats Not Getting Along

So I will have had Lyra for two years on June 2015 and since the house is empty because I work a lot and so does my husband and the kids are usually busy I thought it would be a good idea to get another kitty. We did get one in November and now it's almost January and the two don't get along at all.


It's so bad that Giselle (the new one) must be isolated in my room because every time she sees Lyra she full on attacks her or chases her into somewhere she can't get.

Lyra is a loner and doesn't like affection, but will be held for long periods of time and sleeps with me. She also gets along great with dogs quite instantly. Giselle loves affection, she follows anyone anywhere and rubs you until you pet her. They are complete opposites and they are both around the same age. Giselle is only a few months older but drastically bigger maybe even double Lyra's size.

Lyra never starts the fights, but will hold her ground and I just don't know what to do. I don't want to get rid of Giselle, but Lyra is scared out of her mind. I've done all that I've read, the litter box is in my room as well as the food which is always full. I've tried getting them accustom to each other's scent. The only problem is that Lyra has been sleeping in my room since she was 7 weeks old, but I have no other place to put her because when we first got her all she did was hiss so the kids don't want to house her in their room. Please help.


I've tried putting a bell on her so Lyra can hear it and I've tried putting a harness of Giselle so that if she goes after Lyra we can hold her back, but when we put it on she won't move anywhere or she will army crawl a very short distance and after a while jump very high in the air twisting and turning like a fish out of water. Whenever they fight Lyra pees a lot and it makes a huge mess. If this keeps up my only choice will be to give up Giselle.

By Ashley T

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December 31, 20140 found this helpful

Your older cat has been the queen and suddenly has a kitty interloper. No wonder you and your cats have problems! Cats generally do not like surprizes, especially other cats.


A cat is an animal, like humans, and has emotions and feelings like humans.
Suggest you make an appointment with your vet to check both cats for any unknown medical problems and also ask for help in resolving this stalemate. The vet has much experience is this situation and can help you and YOUR cats. Please do this immediately to find a solution that you must work diligently on to create peace in the house.

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December 31, 20140 found this helpful

If you can check out the animal planet program "My Cat from Hell". This a common problem and can be solved. The guy that hosts the program is called Jackson Galaxy. He has at least two books out on cat problems and environmental enrichment for cat behavioral problems. You may be able to watch episodes online or cable. His books should be available from Amazon.

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