Why have these cats started fighting?
September 28, 2010 5:44 AM Subscribe
Why are these lovely and docile cats suddenly so hostile and agressive?
posted by bingoes to pets & animals (16 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Boy Bingoes and I have been regular apartment/cat sitters for friends over the years. Their cats (brother and sister burmese, both neutered, 8-9 years old) are extremely lovely and have wooed us both with their gentle and loving nature. The cats have very happily cohabited for many years now.
Recently, we weren't available to apartment/cat sit, so the friends got a replacement catsitter. When they returned from their trip they found an apartment full of fur, flesh wounds and traumatised cats.
When the owners quizzed the replacement cat sitter, she said that everything was fine for the first two days. On the third day both cats crawled into their little cat house in the apartment and stayed there for 24 hours (they woud never normally do this unless they were ill). On the fourth day they started fighting, but there was no traumatic event and nothing else unusual happened.
Since then, both cats are behaving very strangely. Lots of very agressive behaviour (hissing, growling, teeth baring) and fighting every day. Neither seems to be the primary aggressor, but they just can't seem to stand each other. Strangely, when the owners take both cats to their little holiday cottage, the cats return to their former selves and are just lovely, and will even travel in the same cat carrier in the car. However as soon as the cats get back home, the fighting resumes.
The owners have taken both cats to the vet to make sure there is nothing physically wrong. They have spent lots of money making sure their teeth aren't giving them any pain and have even resorted to cat anti-depressants. However nothing seems to be working.
Tonight, we were over there for dinner. The cats were generally lovely, until they saw each other, at which point they started hissing and growling. Just after dinner, the owner was holding the male, who went bananas when he saw his sister and strongly latched onto the owners hand, causing a very deep wound. The owner lost quite a bit of blood and nearly passed out from the shock.
This all seems so strange and quite frankly suspicious. Does the hive mind think this is characteristic of some sort of post traumatic stress event? Could it be physiological? Or can cats just suddenly become deeply cranky, particularly as they get a bit older? The owners are at their wits end, and it's quite disturbing to see such lovely animals obviously stressed out.