Issues with 'Newish' Cats, Territory, Socialization and Anxiety! Help!
Several months ago, I adopted two new cats from the humane shelter [a boy, a girl]. They have both acclimated very well with my other cat [8-9] but not so well with the younger cat [1-2 yrs]. Batty, the eldest, suddenly turned on the youngest & refuses to be in the same room with her. She hisses, spits, screams & growls. It just doesn't make any sense to me! The other two cats were welcomed with open arms, but she turns on the other who has been here for well over a year? Buster, the male, is friendly but when my youngest decides to be brave & come downstairs, he stalks her & viciously attacks her. Now, my youngest is reduced to being fearful & suffering from what I guess to be anxiety. She hides from all guests & even when I try to bring Pickles, the docile female, in to socialize, she refuses to cooperate. I would like to have her come downstairs, be friendly with the others, but she screams at the mere sight of Buster; regardless of if he comes close, attacks, etc. Help me, please!
on Aug 27th 2012
in Behavior & Training