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    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeJan 2nd, 2011 4:16pm (Jan 2nd 2011)
     
    We have three year old brother tom cats which lately have been rather aggressive to each other.
    One has started to spray around the house. We have a product that is supposed to calm this down but it's not helping a lot.
    The house is open plan with a cat flap for 24 hour access.

    Any ideas please? :cat: :cat:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 2nd, 2011 4:29pm (Jan 2nd 2011)
     
    I assume the product you tried was feliway? Is one the main cause of the fighting or are they both as bad as one another? Spraying is to mark the territory - is the sprayer the aggressor?
    I assume neither cat is neutered? That might be your only remaining option but there's no saying that will work either, and it would take a while (6-8 weeks) to see if there was any improvement.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 2nd, 2011 4:56pm (Jan 2nd 2011)
     
    Feliway is what I was going to suggest. I think the only other alternative is getting them neutered. And that doesn't always work, although I think 9 times out od 10 it does.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeJan 2nd, 2011 9:25pm (Jan 2nd 2011) edited
     
    Yes, it is Feliway.
    They were both neutered before their first birthday.
    This is new behaviour. They seem to take it turns to be the aggressor but only one is spraying. Oddly enough this one is more friendly, we worry about him as we know he wanders into other houses in the summer when folks leave their doors open.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJan 2nd, 2011 10:11pm (Jan 2nd 2011)
     
    Something must be bothering him as they can do that when stressed. Has anything changed in the house or garden?
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 2nd, 2011 11:32pm (Jan 2nd 2011)
     
    Are there any new cats in the area that could be upsetting their 'territory'. Cats that live together will usually accept each other, but an outsider will try to claim the area (which can extend for several gardens) and that could be upsetting them and causing a disruption between them so that they are fighting to be most dominant.

    Is he always spraying in the same place? If so he's marking territory. Don't clean it off with bleach - it will make him do it all the more. I think its bicarb that neutralises the scent but I could be wrong. Its something like that. Do they use a litter tray? I've read that they can become intolerant of sharing. Territory marking will be little 'sprays' of urine, whereas urinating because he doesn't want to use the tray will be bigger volume. If they normally do their business in the garden then we may be back to a new male in the area.

    I'm sure I still have some cat magazines somewhere or other - if I can find them I'll have a look through to see if there's anything useful.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 3rd, 2011 3:57pm (Jan 3rd 2011)
     
    Bits used to spray despite being neutered and Feliway but he stopped doing it. Not sure why...sorry, that's not much help, is it?
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeJan 3rd, 2011 6:48pm (Jan 3rd 2011)
     
    Oh CC, it gives the promise that it can come to an end.
    Thanks everyone for your help, looks like we'll just have to see how it goes.
    No plan B though...
    yet
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 3rd, 2011 8:59pm (Jan 3rd 2011)
     
    I still have pee marks on my harp...and it's not many people can say that...:rolling:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJan 3rd, 2011 9:01pm (Jan 3rd 2011)
     
    :face-devil-grin:
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeJan 4th, 2011 10:39am (Jan 4th 2011)
     
    :wink2::biggrin::laugh::lol::rofl: