We have a rescue cat and we then adopted a stray cat. We had the stray neutered but he is still a dominant male. At firs
We have a rescue cat and we then adopted a stray cat. We had the stray neutered but he is still a dominant male. At first things were ok but recently the stray has become more aggressive to the rescue, going for him almost every time he sees him. I don't know if this is dominant aggression or over exuberance but it is causing our other cat stress. We have tried putting the stray outside when he goes for the other but he comes back in andgoesfor him again. What can we do? We don't want to put the stray up for adoption but cannot have our rescue cat stressed all the time. Help?
on Jan 22nd 2014
in Behavior & Training
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If you took in a stray, there's no reason that he can't be an inside/outside cat. Is your other cat male- probably yes. This behavior is more likely to occur with animals of the same gender. When the new cat goes for the older one, pour a cup of water over his head. It will break them up right away and cause no harm except a puddle of water you can wipe up. He is trying to show who's boss. If you plan on keeping him for life, only then should you think about front declawing. Meanwhile, do not leave him with your first cat unless you are supervising them, or there could be a nasty fight. ^_^
Bezalel Tiger answered on 3/15/14. Helpful? / 0