How can I get these animals to get along?
July 6, 2012 12:43 PM Subscribe
How do I get my cat to stop hissing and howling at the other cats in the house we moved into? How do I get one of the cats in particular to stop being so hyper-aggressive at times?
About a month ago, I moved down to Austin and brought my cat with me. She's a skittish cat by nature, scared of all sorts of stuff, but since we moved down here, I've had little to no success in getting her acclimated to the rest of the animals in the house (there's three dogs and four cats, excluding her).
Most of the time, she stays in my room with the door shut. If any of the other cats come near the door, she'll hiss and howl. She's actually better with the dogs, probably because she got used to the dog my family has (she hisses still but she's not as aggressive or afraid). But the cats are another story. They're all very curious. I leave the door open sometimes and they'll come in and try to sniff her but she will have none of it. I want her to be able to leave the room so I can feel okay about leaving the door open and hanging out in the living room with my roommates. How do I do this?
There's also one cat in particular who's been really, really aggressive. He's a street cat by nature that one of my roommates took in years and years ago. He's very territorial, my roommate tells me. Now and then, he'll come to the door and go berserk. Pounding on the door, ramming the door, shoving his paws under trying to get at my cat. It's loud, like an adult punching the door loud. What do I do about that?