Cat dominating the other

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Purred: Wed Nov 14, '12 6:06pm PST 
I have two cats. One is generally friendly, we call her Jezebel, the other runs from anyone that starts to come her way, we call this one Zoey. We've had Zoey for maybe 7 years and Jezebel for around 5. The cats usually tolerate each other, having brawls every now and then. But when we get their hair shaved because of a hairball problem, Jezebel refuses to let Zoey upstairs. Whenever Zoey does attempt to come up, she's constantly looking around for Jezebel and when Jezebel does come along it's a fighting and hissing match until Zoey is forced to go back into the basement, help please. I need to get Zoey back upstairs.


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Purred: Thu Nov 15, '12 1:10pm PST 
Maybe it is because she smells/looks different? Try rubbing a towel on Jezebel, then onto Zoey to get the smell on her. You can try Feliway diffuser, I have had luck with that.


Purred: Thu Nov 15, '12 6:31pm PST 
This happened to our kitties as well when we had one shaved. The one shaved is typically the one that dominates the others but the roles were reversed. We ended up feeding the cats on either side of a door. They love food and this way forced them to be near each other with a barrier. Once that was okay, we then introduced a baby gate where they could see each other but didn't have access to attack. They would hiss some but after a few days things improved. Good luck!

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Purred: Tue Dec 25, '12 6:22pm PST 
Neither of theses tactics worked. Thanks for responding though. If there's anything else you can offer, please do. It's getting ridiculous. Zoey practically lives huddled in the corner of our tiki bar in the basement. Jezebel just won't back off. I really need help.


Purred: Tue Dec 25, '12 6:44pm PST 
I actually just noticed about the feliway. I asked my mom and she said we could try it. If we get it, I will update how it worked.


Is that a hair- elastic? ^w^
Purred: Sat Dec 29, '12 9:14pm PST 
I just finished reading a book called Cat VS Cat that has some really good insights as to how to maintain a household of more than one feline. The advice was easy to understand and she explains why they do what they do. I would very much suggest reading that, I'm sure your local library can order it in. I got mine at Petsmart and I'm sure any local book store would be able to order if it if you wanted a copy of your own!


I haven't read her first book "Think Like A Cat" but I am definitely going to order it in!


She recommends using Feliway a lot in her book and explains how and when to use it for the best results.

Good luck and keep us posted!! kittykitty

Edited by author Sat Dec 29, '12 9:17pm PST