We have two one-year-old cats, a female and a male from different litters. Heâ€™s sweet-natured and outgoing; sheâ€™s more nervous by nature but very affectionate when sheâ€™s comfortable. When we first introduced them as 10 week-old kittens, she hissed at him for a few days but then accepted himâ€”and theyâ€™ve been friends. For almost a year there hasnâ€™t been any major misbehavior. Then, recently, sheâ€™s picked up a VERY frustrating behavior. It began after their one-year vet checkup, which was quite traumatic for her (as is any forced contact with strangers). When we got her home, she acted â€œnormalâ€ to us, but hissed at our other cat whenever he got close, sometimes even raising a paw defensively. The bad behavior lasted only about 24 hours that time. Unfortunately, itâ€™s starting to become a habit of hers. Whenever thereâ€™s a stranger around, or sheâ€™s disturbed, she hisses at him. Whether his intentions are playful or just curious or indifferent, sheâ€™ll hiss when heâ€™s close. What can we do? We feel bad for our male kitty and want to teach her not to take out her bad moods on him. We also donâ€™t want to feel like we canâ€™t have people over without disturbing the peace at our home. Any thoughts?
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7/3/06 at 8:36pm