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We have two cats in my house, Baby and Sukie. Baby is 2 years old and Sukie is 6 years old. My problem is that Baby is a terrible bully and i'm afraid she's going to give Sukie a breakdown. If Sukie goes in a room, Baby will sit outside the room and not let Sukie leave. If she tries to leave, Baby will attack her. If baby sees Sukie eating, she will always chase her away from the food. The bullying goes on and on.

I am at my wits end here! Baby is my baby (lol) and i could never get rid of her, but i'm worried about Sukie's health. Sukie is very timid and Baby outweighs her by quite a lot.

I need advice!!
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I'm gonna keep checking this post cause I have the same problem in my house. My two cats can barely be in the same room together and I had to move the litter box because my bully had my other cat peeing in a "safe" corner in the house. He spends a lot of time in time out. Which is where we put him in the bedroom with the door closed until he calms down. I have also tried to distract him with toys he likes and I play with him to try and spend down some of his excess energy. I don't think this works though. He does show off though and really acts up once I get home from work or once my husband gets home from work. The cat he bullies is not to smart either. He won't be even paying attention to her an she will see him and start to growl and then he likes, "Oh there you are, yeah. Let me get you." She just doesn't get it.
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What type of cat accessories do you have? Sounds like both of your bullies are bored!It is very important to keep indoor cats mentally healthy and entertained and the best way to do this is by giving them things, places, challenges that stimulate their natural instincts. Kitty condos are great for climbing, scratching, and could become a bullies territorial distraction from the other kitty. I have always had a window perch or 2 in every home for every kitty. Maia has a carpeted ramp up to a carpeted window perch and she loves it! Maybe a couple for your kitties in separate rooms. Playing with them is a great thing to, it does help to distract that aggression, thats what you need to do.
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Morty has all the toys a cato could ask for. An entire big basket. He also has a jungle gym and numerous things to get into. I think it is just his tempermant and have come to accept the frustration.
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A basket of toys is often almost the same as no toys. Cats get bored of their toys, and it's best actually to just put 2 or 3 toys out at one time and switch them up every few days.

We also "marinate" some balls and furry mice in catnip for a week and put them out for a couple of days. Our cats really don't play with many of their toys at all unless we're making them move. Throwing the mice, rolling the balls, and using interactive wand toys.

We have bird feeders out a couple of windows. They LOVE watching the squirrels and birds and it captures attention for hours a day.

Another thing we do is build kitty mazes out of boxes. There is little most cats love more than a box - so just think about having a bunch of them taped together with holes cut in them through the sides, up into other levels - they can get really complicated and cool! We change the configuration weekly when we've got one going, and hide treats in different places in there for them.

That's another game - hiding single treats around the house in different places before you leave for work.

Feliway spray (a synthetic hormone that mimics the friendly markers in cats' cheeks) used in the house can help stressed kitty feel calmer. Having more litter boxes out can also really help. We have two cats that have an aggression problem from time-to-time, and having a couple of "feeding stations" where we put the food they free feed on with a couple of bowls of water out in different places also helps - rather than making them eat in just one predictable place.

This next one takes time, but it can really help if you keep it up. Take several small towels (best if they weren't washed with fabric softener) and rub the stressed kitty all over with one and rub the aggressive kitty all over with another. Each morning and evening after a good 10-15 minute alone-time play session with aggressive kitty in a room with the door closed, put down treats on the towel scented like stressed kitty. Then play with stressed kitty alone in the room for 10 - 15 minutes. At the end of that session, put treats for stressed kitty down on the towel scented like aggressive kitty. Keep this up for at least a month, and two would be better. The idea is to help the kitties come to associate the smell of "good things" with each other. Plus, the extra alone play time every day should help de-stress stressed kitty and help diffuse the energy of aggressive/bored kitty.

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Oh right - a laser toy for aggressive kitty can really get them running around and expend a lot of that energy!

post #7 of 7
It s funny you should mention the laser pointer. Peyton, who is not the bully, is scared to death of the laser pointer. Its the funniest thing you've ever seen.
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