My two cats are 6 and 5 years old, mother and daughter. They don't get along, especially now that the daughter is spayed. Is there any way to get these two cats to bond?
We adopted the cats a few months ago, and they're both pretty great. However, even from the very beginning, the mother had always batted and hissed at the daughter.
We had spayed the daughter recently, though, and per the vet's instructions, we kept the mother elsewhere for a week. Ever since she's come back, the mother has been especially afraid of and aggressive towards her daughter. The mother hisses at the daughter whenever they cross paths, and she will even make odd grunting sounds when she sees the daughter. They've all-out fought twice or so, complete with yowling. This odd behavior seems much more pronounced than it had been.
As for the daughter, she just seems genuinely curious about her mother, and there's no indication that she behaves aggressively towards her.
Thankfully, there have been no injuries in these fights. They seem to be more about making statements than about hurting anyone.
Does anyone have any suggestions as to what to do, to put this broken kitty family back together?
For illustrative purposes: mother picture one, mother picture two. Daughter picture one, daughter picture two.