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Please help! I Don't Know What To Do!

post #1 of 7
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I have two male cats, Stitch(2Years) and Spazz(13years). They've been together since Stitch was brought into the house, and nothing has in the household has changed. Overall, I have three cats; I have another female cat, but she doesn't really get brought into anything.
It all started a few weeks ago, and it's gradually gotten worse. It started as Stitch stalking up to Spazz and laying down a few feet from him. He'd meow really lowly (almost sounded like a mating call)- the long meows; don't know how to describe it. And then, Stitch would attack him, out of no where and they would spat it out. They even do it up until 4 or 5 in the morning. It's gradually gotten worse. Stitch no longer lays down in front of him for a few seconds before attacking; he just attacks out of no where. Spazz has been hiding under my bed, under the cupboards, under the chairs and sofas trying to avoid Stitch. I'm worried that Spazz might be too old to handle this, and I have no idea what's going on with them. Is it a dominance thing? Or are they just tired of eachother? They use to get along great! They'd play together and everything. Please help, I don't know what to do!!
post #2 of 7
It sounds like Stitch is just being a brat. He now knows that he can attack Spazz without consequence. He might need some behaviour modification to stop the attacking.

In my opinion, I wouldn't let it continue...it sounds like it's getting worse. Spazz is right to hide, he may get hurt.

Try separating them, or spraying Stitch with water, or use a very commanding voice at the time of attack. Anything to let Stitch know that his behaviour isn't 'nice'. Reward him when he's being a nice normal cat to reinforce the 'good' behaviour.

I'm sure by searching the web, you can find other ways to change Stitch's behaviour.

Good Luck!
post #3 of 7
Spazz could be sick, please take him to the vet... It is not uncommon for cats to sense sick cats, and start bullying them. Just to be on the safe side, I would take Spazz to the vet, and get a complete senior panel done.
Good luck!
post #4 of 7
I agree - you really should take Spazz to the vet's, even if he doesn't seem sick to you. Cats are very good at sensing changes, and Stitch probably senses that something is wrong with Spazz.
post #5 of 7
I agree with the vet visit-- but it also sounds like the "changing of the guard" so to speak. Spazz being the old alpha, and Stitch wants to claim the spot. And yes, I have seen neutered males do this-- even females.
post #6 of 7
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all of your help! I'll take him to the vet, I really never even thought anything could be wrong with him; but I'm sure it wouldn't hurt to get him checked out!
If it doesn't work, I'll have to try seperating them for a while.
post #7 of 7
Cats become socially mature at around 2 years, so part of it is probably Stitch figuring he's grown up now and wants to take over the alpha spot. I.e. uptil now he's been behaving more like a kitten or a young not yet mature cat and now he's thinking it's his time to fight for more social status.

It can happen sometimes that kittens that have grown up together and been best friends for their first 2 years or so then turn on one another and get really territorial and start fighting when they hit 2-2.5 years. It's not very common but can happen.
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