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post #1 of 11
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So I was sitting at home minding my own business when Wyn suddenly sniffed at the door and went completely NUTS. Hissing, growling... She even chased Beren. They were fighting for the first time I've ever seen. Of course Beren went zonko, too and they were too fast for me to separate. They ending up under the bed, like a weird dustbunny wrestling match or something - both in their own corners growling and hissing and caterwauling.

Freaked me the heck out.

I'm going to assume that Wyn smelled a cat outside. There are dogs that wander by often and they never elicit a response like that.

Now, after it's been a little while and everyone has calmed down, Beren somehow set Wyn off again!

This is really freaking me out because they've never done this before. I'm going out of town this weekend! I'm kind of at a loss at this point. I can't trust them together if Wyn is going to keep snapping. Any suggestions????
post #2 of 11
I have the same thing with one of my boys, he goes crazy when he sees another cat outside and takes it out on any other cat thats near him. My others will run away from him but one of the boys Charlie will go back at him. Theres a little strain between them because Molasses doesn't like the fact that Charlie stuck up for himself. Now and then there's a little scuffle but its not as nasty as it was at first. Mo is at the top of the pecking order because he is the oldest. You could try a Feliway diffuser, it does calm them down. Someone else may be along with some more advice. Good luck.
post #3 of 11
Nemo does the same thing!if he smells or sees another cat outside he goes nuts!! tail fluffed up hissing and will even spray (and yes he is fixed) the first time it happened he had a vet apt 2 days later and I was so scared that something was wrong!The vet assured me that he was fine and most likely it was just a territory thing!
post #4 of 11
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Originally Posted by vilate View Post
So I was sitting at home minding my own business when Wyn suddenly sniffed at the door and went completely NUTS. Hissing, growling...
Freaked me the heck out.
I don't really have any good advice; it does sound like a territorial dispute and Wyn has a great sense of smell.

When you said it "freaked you the heck out" I had to smile because that's how I always feel when one of my cats suddenly focus on something right behind me or above my head - and I just wait for a tarantula to drop down into my hair.
post #5 of 11
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Originally Posted by threecatowner View Post
I don't really have any good advice; it does sound like a territorial dispute and Wyn has a great sense of smell.

When you said it "freaked you the heck out" I had to smile because that's how I always feel when one of my cats suddenly focus on something right behind me or above my head - and I just wait for a tarantula to drop down into my hair.
lol
post #6 of 11
The last time this sort of problem cropped up at our house, I stepped out the front door and it wreaked of cat spray. I had to hose down the whole area to get rid of it and calm the cats back down. Apparently someone else's cat either smelled our cats, or was just making the rounds.
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The last time this sort of problem cropped up at our house, I stepped out the front door and it wreaked of cat spray. I had to hose down the whole area to get rid of it and calm the cats back down. Apparently someone else's cat either smelled our cats, or was just making the rounds.

Hmmm. I might have to check and see if that might be something that happened. I can probably douse the area with Nature's Miracle and see if that helps, too.

Thanks for telling me. I wouldn't have thought of that. I just thought the cat happened to walk by at the wrong time.
post #8 of 11
ha... our older cat (vixen) does the same thing when our male neighbor cat strolls by. she freaks out makes tons of noise (usually while im sleeping ). our smaller cat annika usually will just take off and hide. it really annoys the crap out of me. this neighbor cat seems to come over all the time getting vixen all fired up.

my wife has talked to our neighbor about this little situation, and she said she would let him out @ a later time. but i still dont trust them.

i dont mean to jack this thread, but can anyone recommend a cat repellent that i can use around my yard so i can keep this cat out of our yard and get some good sleep for once.
post #9 of 11
you could try spreading slighty crushed orange peels around your yard/door to deter other cats from coming around. they do make a spray you could buy, but if you like to eat oranges this will be cheaper and more fun.

also, i think catnip and Feliway fix everything. That reminds me, I need to plug in my Feliway again since Kitty has been awfully feisty lately

next time your going away, try to be home alot and act normal before you leave. with all the packing and planning, sometimes the cats can pick up on it and it freaks them out. Have fun!
post #10 of 11
Sounds like an outside intruder scent has triggered threat aggression. I would try Feliway diffuser and something else outside the house border, like lemon juice, vanilla extract, orange peels, something natural but potent. It should be done as soon as possible, sometimes outdoor threats can cause one indoor kitty to turn on the other...........
post #11 of 11
im really interested in this feliway stuff... a petsmart just opened in town... it says they carry it online so im gonna check it out on sunday.

edit: id like to add that vixen is rarely hostel towards annika. maybe if annika starts to play with her feet she gets a little perturbed. but thats really it. and now that im laid off ive got some time try out some of this stuff.
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