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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2013 1:08 am 
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Hi everyone,
I recently rescued a five year old bengal female from a breeder, he no longer wanted her as her kittens kept being born stillborn. I had her done end of November, the problem is she is petrified of my other two house cats. They ignore her but every time I try & introduce them she charges at them & attacks then hides under my bed. I am keeping them separate for now & have the feliway diffusers, she's taking zylkene & rescue remedy in her water. One of my other cats is 17 & I can't risk her attacking her again. Does anyone know if this could be hormonal as its now been six weeks & no improvement! I know when I first got her she was petrified of everything even string but now she's okay...just so scared of my cats that she attacks them :( help


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2013 7:41 am 
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We need a little more info here.
How are you conducting your introductions?
Is she currently in her own room?
Was she around other cats when she was a breeding cat?

Often rehoming older ex breeding adults can be a little more difficult and the cat/s can take a lot longer to settle.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2013 8:34 am 
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She lived with twenty other cats apparently in a home & was not caged. She has her own room at the moment, I am letting her out of her current room, not forcing her but leaving the door open. She is familiar with the other rooms as I let her out most days when the other two are out. I have been swapping blankets to get them used to smells....I leave her to go to them, she just charges and attacks then hides. I keep them apart, my bedroom door has a two inch gap at the bottom so all the staring & swearing finished a couple of weeks ago. Someone suggested taking her through in a carrier but she just goes crazy to get out. For the first two weeks she hid from me under my bed...I don't know if keeping them apart is doing more harm & after a few fights they'll settle but I can't risk my old one being hurt......thanks.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2013 2:24 pm 
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I've gone through this with honey and tbh, you can only make things easier on her. She won't change her stance towards the other cats, in time, she may start to tolerate them but she will always be on guard. All you can do is give her her own safe room and let her be. If she is attacking the other cats, even after 2-3 months with being with you and on the pet remedy etc, I'd hate to say it but she is set in her ways and you may have to face the fact that this is her.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2013 7:33 pm 
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Catlowe1981 wrote:
Hi everyone,
I recently rescued a five year old bengal female from a breeder, he no longer wanted her as her kittens kept being born stillborn. I had her done end of November, the problem is she is petrified of my other two house cats. They ignore her but every time I try & introduce them she charges at them & attacks then hides under my bed. I am keeping them separate for now & have the feliway diffusers, she's taking zylkene & rescue remedy in her water. One of my other cats is 17 & I can't risk her attacking her again. Does anyone know if this could be hormonal as its now been six weeks & no improvement! I know when I first got her she was petrified of everything even string but now she's okay...just so scared of my cats that she attacks them :( help


You have got a cat with a lot of issues there, all contributing to the problems you are having
1. She is an adult, 5 years old. Adults unless used to a lot of change, tend to hate change.
2. She has been entire female for 5 years - basically she is now post-op menopausal. With hormones comes territory and her territory has been ripped away form her.
3. She has had kittens - protective instinct maximised.
4. The household she is used to, is not similar to your household. Even the colours of your cats may be spooking her, especially if she was only used to seeing Bengals.
5. She will have developed strong bonds with cats and humans in her previous home. Some cats may have even protected her from any spats, her support system has now gone completely.
6. She doesn't know you or your cats - a few weeks is not enough time to develop a strong bond.
7. She will be highly stressed. She has already had to endure an op and has been dumped with people, cats and a house she doesn't know. I would guess she may even have been born at the breeders you got her from, even if not, she probably was rehomed as a young kitten.
8. She is showing fear aggression.

Is she well? Eating and drinking normally? Make sure she is checked out well by your vet to exclude any physical cause for her aggression. Ill cats or cats in pain can be aggressive. It would not be unknown for a breeder to ditch an unwell cat to an unsuspecting owner so make sure she is checked out thoroughly. Also may be a good idea to make sure she is not having any complications from the surgery in November.

Assuming she is well then she is exhibiting classic fear aggression, she is scared and stressed and the only way she knows how to deal with that is to try and make the thing she is stressed about go away by attacking it.

Personally I would reinforce her bonding with you so that she begins to trust you and trust her new home before letting her near any cats. Shut her in the bedroom and concentrate on making her feel safe and secure. No extra smells of other cats, just you and her and get her to relax. It may take weeks but don't force it. Once she really really trusts you, then it may be time to up the ante and open the bedroom door perhaps let her wander around with no other cats, get her feeling safe again, then slow introductions, no fuss, relax yourself too, as any stress on your part will be picked up by her.
Supervised stuff and if she is getting stressed cool it all down again. The emphasis needs to be on reducing her fear. I am not fond of any of these mind altering pills and potions, I would just concentrate on making her less scared.

As she is used to other cats, then it may go all a lot better than you think. If you can control her fear then the aggression may just melt away.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2013 7:54 pm 
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Thanks guys. She is great with me now. Sleeps beside me at night, I can cuddle her on my lap, she follows me around & everything. I can't stand up holding her yet but she loves me now. Think you are right because if I sit with my other cats she won't attack them its as if she knows I am guarding them against hurting her even though they wouldn't. I am letting her out for a while each day to get used to my whole place to acclimatise.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2013 7:59 pm 
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Forgot to mention, she is fit & well. The vets checked her, however when she was done late November they'd found green stuff in her womb probably why alot of her kittens were stillborn, pyometra I believe. It has been treated. She is now fit & well.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2013 8:02 pm 
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Thanks for advice...


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2013 8:21 pm 
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Honey is exactly like this, an angel with me.

She's had poison in her body for a while, so she is dealing with recovering, ontop of a new environment. Just keep at her and make a fuss, i say lol

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2013 12:18 am 
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I am starting to feel that this is never going to work. Today I had a friend over to help me who Kizzy knows well...she tried to attack my younger cat twice and I was even more shocked when she turned on my old one again. She hasn't done this in a while. This is breaking my heart because I absolutely adore her. She has had such a terrible life and I was so looking forward to offering her a forever home with me


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2013 12:21 am 
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I am taking her to the vet again this week, they have a behaviour specialist at Celia Hammonds clinic who might be of some help but the way this is going I can see I am going to have to rehome her. I am absolutely gutted because we have bonded but its not fair on my other bubbeys...bengals aren't my specialty and i did not realise they are just so different to ordinary moggies like I am used to.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 5:13 am 
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Sorry to hear this.

They really aren't that different from ordinary cats. She's had a rough start and she's not adjusting well, that could happen to any cat, bengal or not. Some cats are highly territorial, maybe she is one of them.

You first posted on Jan 13 and it's only 9 days later, i still think it may be too early for her to be mixing with your resident cats. But see what the behaviourist says and do let us know how you get on.

Good luck.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 6:35 pm 
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thanks,

i have actually had her for 6 weeks now.

i am a little confused as she lived indoors with 13 other bengals & 4 other ordinary cats

she is quite attached to me aswell

i am taking her back to celia hammond on thursday as i am noticing blood in her stools and am worried that she is still hormonal or something more serious might be going on


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2013 4:32 pm 
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It can take a fair few months for her to adjust. Honey is fine with her daughter and my moggie kitten, as long as they don't rough house with her and give her space.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2013 12:02 am 
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It is extremely upsetting for me but I have no choice but to rehome Kizzy. On Friday night after two months of trying she attacked my 17year old cat badly & was completely unprovoked. I have been letting her into the sitting room every evening but have been guarding Juliet on the sofa, I turned my back for a split second & Kizzy attacked...I can't risk her having an injury or worse. I have no choice now but to rehome Kizzy. Such a shame as she is such a character & beautiful too...


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