September 17, 2012 9:41 AM Subscribe
With a new neighborhood comes new neighborhood cats, and one of our indoor cats is freaking out. What do we do about this?
posted by backseatpilot to pets & animals (16 answers total)
We have two indoor-only cats (Max
), and they love hanging out in the windows and looking outside. When we adopted them we lived on the second floor with no good view of our neighbors' windows or the street from their favorite windows, and the local cats were always far enough away that they never caused any problems.
Our new place is on the first place and much closer to both of the neighboring houses. There are indoor cats in both of those buildings, but there's also a small black cat that wanders around our back yard and occasionally hangs out on our deck. The stranger cat seems friendly and I don't mind it being in the yard, but Doppler absolutely flips his shit every time he sees the stranger cat. He will run from window to window, howling, and occasionally have his tail puffed out and back arched. Since he started noticing the neighborhood black cat, he has also begun howling at the neighbors' indoor cats when he sees them in their windows.
Is there something we can or should do when our cat starts freaking out? I'm inclined to just let him be, but when he starts yowling at 2 in the morning... it's difficult to ignore. Any ideas?