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by SophieLou
Tue Jul 23, 2019 9:06 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Will my two cats ever go back to their old selves?
Replies: 7
Views: 130

Re: Will my two cats ever go back to their old selves?

It sounds like a case of redirected aggression, something happened and without anything else to blame and turn on, she has decided to blame her sister for it. They may never get back to how they were, at three years old they are really just becoming fully mature and they may have started to grow ou...
by SophieLou
Tue Jul 23, 2019 9:03 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Will my two cats ever go back to their old selves?
Replies: 7
Views: 130

Re: Will my two cats ever go back to their old selves?

Oh yes, redirected aggression. Little elderly girl cat had her home invaded & got VERY upset with the aggressor, who ran off. Not so younger male housemate, who was screamed at, threatened & generally intimidated, losing all his confidence & treading very carefully around madam thereafter. I hope i...
by SophieLou
Tue Jul 23, 2019 9:01 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Will my two cats ever go back to their old selves?
Replies: 7
Views: 130

Re: Will my two cats ever go back to their old selves?

With your care, they can be the best they can be together again. There is progress. When climbing a mountain, don't forget to look back every now and again to see how far you've come, otherwise all you see is your goal in the distance and get disheartened. There are no guarantees and as much as I k...
by SophieLou
Sun Jul 21, 2019 5:41 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Will my two cats ever go back to their old selves?
Replies: 7
Views: 130

Will my two cats ever go back to their old selves?

Hi all - I posted not so long ago about my two cats. They're sisters from the same litter and are 3 years old. We had an incident where one cat got stuck in the cupboard and she knocked a box over when she came out. This spooked the other cat and this sparked up aggression, particularly hissing, gro...
by SophieLou
Wed Jul 10, 2019 7:01 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Fear-induced aggression? - cat hissing at her sibling.
Replies: 6
Views: 103

Re: Fear-induced aggression? - cat hissing at her sibling.

If they are happier together except when startled I think you are making excellent progress - it has only been a week, after all. Keep up the gentle encouragement and rewarding - the more you can reinforce that it is a Good Thing to have the other cat around the sooner the idea that her presence is...
by SophieLou
Wed Jul 10, 2019 7:28 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Fear-induced aggression? - cat hissing at her sibling.
Replies: 6
Views: 103

Re: Fear-induced aggression? - cat hissing at her sibling.

This is surprisingly common and causes as you know great distress for us when the cats have been happy together for so long. Unfortunately cats are incredibly good at making associations, even if they are the wrong ones. Their psychological nature means they instantly take in every detail of the sc...
by SophieLou
Wed Jul 10, 2019 7:22 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Fear-induced aggression? - cat hissing at her sibling.
Replies: 6
Views: 103

Re: Fear-induced aggression? - cat hissing at her sibling.

I think you are on the right track, but I would take it more slowly. Plan to bring them back together over a month, that way you are less likely to be disappointed and may be pleasantly surprised. I would feed them further apart, and avoid any situations where she might practice the fearful behavio...
by SophieLou
Mon Jul 08, 2019 11:38 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Fear-induced aggression? - cat hissing at her sibling.
Replies: 6
Views: 103

Fear-induced aggression? - cat hissing at her sibling.

I have two 3 year old female cats, sisters from the same litter and both have been neutered. They have always been close, napped together, bathed each other etc. 4 days ago one cat got stuck in the cupboard and she knocked a box over when she came out. This spooked the other cat and ever since then ...