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My cat is constantly chasing the other

Discussion in 'Cat Training and Behaviour' started by Jamie-Rhys Edwards, Jun 23, 2019.


  1. Jamie-Rhys Edwards

    Jamie-Rhys Edwards PetForums Newbie

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    Hi,

    My girlfriend has two cats, one is oneand the other two.

    We initally had Gwen (the two year old) and after a few months she became very needy, so we decided to get Cleo (the one year old) to calm her down and play nicely.

    This was great for the first month or so, to the point where they both would constantly be around each other, sleep together and generally be very close but as we went on, Cleo has started chasing Gwen constantly, to the point where Gwen is hiding.

    We've tried feliway, playing with Cleo for hours, general tips to try to teach her not to go too far but it's gradually getting worse. To the point where Gwen has poo'd on the floor and Cleo is also stealing Gwen's food.

    We've even tried separating them,all to no avail.

    It's almost like they're jealous of each other.

    Is there anything else we can try? The last thing we want to do is have to put one back into our local cat rescue.

    Any help would be highly appreciated!
     
  2. lorilu

    lorilu PetForums VIP

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    Are they both spayed?

    How much time do you spend playing with them?

    How many litter boxes do you have?

    How many cat trees?
     
  3. Jamie-Rhys Edwards

    Jamie-Rhys Edwards PetForums Newbie

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    Are they Spayed?
    Yes both of them are. Before we adopted them

    How much time do you spend playing with them?
    It varies but anywhere from an hour to several over the course of the day

    How many litter boxes do you have?
    We have two. But we are thinking of getting another one.

    How, many cat trees?
    We have one and only Cleo really bothers with it. We do have a radiator bed in which Gwen spends most of her time
     
  4. Jamie-Rhys Edwards

    Jamie-Rhys Edwards PetForums Newbie

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    Wechave noticed that Gwen may not be completely innocent in all this. We think she could be winding her up more often than we think.

    Could it be that because there is constantly someone in the house, that they are getting fed up of it?
     
  5. Jamie-Rhys Edwards

    Jamie-Rhys Edwards PetForums Newbie

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    Cleo however does respect Gwens safe places. She never goes near them when Gwen is there.

    We don't know if Gwen is actually being bullied by Cleo because it sometimes feels like Gwen is tormenting Cleo and rilling her up..

    To add another note, they have a load of toys, scratch posts.

    They refuse to use cat beds (except the radiator bed).

    I also need to add that they are both indoor cats
     
  6. lorilu

    lorilu PetForums VIP

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    It would seem Gwen doesn't go on it because Cleo is on it. I would say you need more elevated spaces, enough for both cats to have choices.

    I doubt it. Surely they have places to go when they want peace and quiet. If they go to those places, you leave them alone? More litter boxes, more elevated cat spaces, be sure to feed them separately each in her own meal spot. Diet matters in behavior too, so be sure to keep them on a good quality low carb wet diet (or balanced raw or home cooked)

    Can you describe the play sessions?

    How are their litter box habits? Anyone vomiting? Wondering if one might be feeling ill. Also..if there is a cat roaming around outside working Cleo up.
     
  7. chillminx

    chillminx PetForums VIP

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    Hi @Jamie-Rhys Edwards - your cats are in competition for feline resources and territory. This is quite usual behaviour for many cats once they get beyond kitten-hood as cats are solitary hunters. As lorilu has said you need to increase the feline resources in your home.

    e.g

    A separate feeding spot for each cat out of sight of each other. And do not allow them to eat from each other's bowls.

    If cat feeding bowls are on the floor, place them slightly away from a wall so the cat does not have her back to the room, and can see around the room while eating.

    Water bowls - several around the home.

    Litter trays - at least 3 but I would provide 4 as one cat is soiling. Spread the trays around the home, not grouped together.

    Scratch posts and scratch pads - at least one to every room, preferably several. Position them near entrances and exits.

    More choice of high up places to rest, shelves up the wall to create an angle of around 45 degrees (so they can safely jump down). Use shelves for them to access the tops of cupboards or wardrobes. Place a fleece on top of a cupboard to make it cosy and encourage use.

    If it is feasible in your situation, consider making some safe outdoor space for them e.g a cat run or "catio" accessible via a catflap from the house, or a secure, (catproofed) garden. This will increase the size of the cats "core territory" so there is more space for them to be apart from each other.

    If you are in a flat, or apartment where safe outdoor access is impossible for the cats, utilise the overhead space in your home to the full. Here are ideas, some of which you could adapt cheaply with shelving from IKEA or one of the DIY stores.

    https://images.search.yahoo.com/yhs...hs-adk-adk_sbnt&hspart=adk&hsimp=yhs-adk_sbnt
     
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