October 3, 2008 2:53 PM Subscribe
Cat conflict. As in fighting and spraying. Is there a way to broker a peace accord?
posted by O9scar to Pets & Animals (3 answers total)
We've had Sasha for a few years. My wife volunteers for the humane society and offered to foster for them. We were expecting dogs, but there's a huge amount of cats in this area, so that's what we've ended up fostering. Our cat was largely indifferent to 4 separate cats we brought into the house. One of the fosters (Maggie) ended up staying with us. They fought a few times, but ended up becoming friends.
Recently we found a lovable stray - or he found us, I suppose. We didn't introduce him gently to Sasha, which was probably a mistake. In any case, there have been a number of tense standoffs between them. He doesn't get along with Maggie either, but she's not overly confrontational. Eddie was intact when we found him, and got neutered as soon as we could arrange it.
Unfortunately besides fighting (mostly growling at each other) Sasha is now spraying. It's happened several times around the house. Once he was brazen enough to do it directly on my wife's shoulder.
We bought Feliway, which hasn't done a damn thing. Unless we made a huge mistake by plugging it in behind a small dresser (not the best layout of outlets in this house). I'd rather not get rid of Eddie, but if that's the only choice then we'll do it.
Oh, and just to make things even more insane, we're fostering a mom and three tiny kittens. Sasha has barely been inside the house since we don't trust him, so I don't actually know how he would deal with the additional interlopers.