Help. I hope someone can help. I have three cats, mom Essie age 4, and her daughters, Stinkerbelle and Mukluk age 3 (all are spayed). I have had them for about 3 and a half years and they have never fought (except in play). In fact earlier today I took a nap and two of them were snuggled up on the bed with me. They are usually very friendly toward each other. I left the house around 5:00 pm. My boyfriend was out of the house but returned at about 9:45 pm or so. We are often gone so this was nothing new. When my boyfriend returned he noticed that Stinkerbelle was in the corner (where she had pooped- she had also pooped somewhere else in the house- I think she may have been sick because she and the other cats always use the litter box). He then noticed Essie "stalking" Stinkerbelle, growling with a gutteral tone. Essie then attacked Stinkerbelle. He said they fought and he had a hard time getting them apart. He was alarmed at how aggresssive they were. He then put Essie in the bathroom. I got home about 10:00 pm. Boyfriend had already called the vet (spoke to a tech as it was after hours and person was not sure what might be going on). The tech was not sure what to make of it. She wondered if there had been any changes lately. There have been no relevant changes that I am aware of. We were on vacation until a week ago, but the cats stayed home with a sitter and no problems were reported. We had no problems with them for the past week. When I got home, I checked Essie and Stinkerbelle both and did not notice any injuries (at least not obvious ones). After about half an hour, I carried Essie out into the living room and as soon as she saw Mukluk she tried to attack her and then Stinky. After I got Essie back into the bathroom, I called the vet tech (who boyfriend had talked to earlier). She was not sure what the reason for the aggression was. She thought my idea to keep them separated overnight was a good idea. Meanwhile all the cats were being affectionate toward me and seemed OK. Because the behavior just seemed so strange and Essie seemed like she was OK. After about an hour (or more)I carried Essie out and was holding her in the living room. I let go of her briefly and she seemed OK. The Stinkerbelle who was in the kitchen started growling at her and before I could stop it she chased after Stinkerbelle and Mukluk two. Obviously that was a big mistake. After we got Essie back in the bathroom. Stinkerbelle and Mukluk were in separate rooms one with each of us and they were both upset and growling. All three are now separated for the night and probably longer. I have no idea why they are behaving this way. Anyone ever heard of anything like this before? Other than the aggression, they all seem to be OK (though I realize that that does not mean they are OK). I am keeping Stinkerbelle and Mukluk apart to be on the safe side- earlier in the evening, they hissed at each other a little but did not attack each other. I am planning to take at least Essie (the aggressive one) to the vet on Monday. Any advice or ideas? I am completely baffled. Normally they get along so well and are very friendly with each other. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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5/14/05 at 10:13pm