Originally Posted by lmccray0
I agreed to foster a pregnant mom last August. One week later she gave birth to 7 kittens--2 males and 5 females. I intend to keep the mom and 2 of her kittens. I have already adopted out 3 others. That leaves 2 to find forever homes. Anyway, yesterday morning I had the mom and the 4 kittens 'fixed'. They are home now and sleeping, sleeping, sleeping. When they are awake they hiss and growl when another gets near them. Does anyone know what causes this agressive (defensive?) behavior and how long I can expect it to last? Thanks for any information/advice you have.
Welcome....I live in Northern VA as well. To answer your question...it is not unusual for cats that have been fixed at the same time to all of a sudden hiss/growl at each other. They probably don't recognize the scent of each other and are very stressed.
This advice has been given by Hissy before and I think in your case it may help:
You can neutralize their scent with pure vanilla extract. A small dab under their chins, between their shoulders and the base of their tail several times a day can do wonders.
I hope the you are following up on the 3 kittens that have already been placed to ensure that they have been spayed/heutered.