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PostPosted: Tue Nov 29, 2016 9:31 am 
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Thanks for this post! My wife and I are hoping that it works out between our Lancelot and his new girlfriend. He really needs a playmate and she had lost her first friend and has been lonely. It's been a week and a half and they are eating well together (about 3 feet apart). We just started doing separate play after their meals but this morning they ignored us and the toys and just wanted to get close to each other. I also let them bat a little at each other through a cracked door. Earlier there was a lot of hissing; now they are doing a lot less of that. If Lance sees Guen anywhere near his cat tree, however, he charges.. luckily we've been able to sweep him up before a fight erupts! With all the upheaval, we think it's probably best if that remains his property, at least for now :) I've got hope for the next week or so!!


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 30, 2016 6:11 pm 
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Lancelot, welcome to the forum. It sounds as if you are doing the proper steps to a full introduction. Based on what you've posted, the kitties are behaving normally. Your boy is quite territorial, but I'm sure he will be willing to share shortly. Hang in there. These things take time, but the pictures of the two snuggled and sleeping together make it all worth the effort, even though it can take a few weeks. Congratulations on your baby girl.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 30, 2016 7:57 pm 
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lancelot wrote:
If Lance sees Guen anywhere near his cat tree, however, he charges.. luckily we've been able to sweep him up before a fight erupts! With all the upheaval, we think it's probably best if that remains his property, at least for now :) I've got hope for the next week or so!!


That's totally fine. Even cats that get along really well often "own stuff", and the other cat(s) have to learn to respect that... either that or challenge him and take it away from him :rolleyes: But I think the key is to make sure that Guen can "own stuff" too (like another cat tree!)

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 01, 2016 10:24 am 
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I've had the same issue with the cat tree and my two eventually learned to timeshare - most of the time! Every now and again they want to be on it at the same time which ends up in a bun fight, but overall Jagger uses it during the day, and Hendrix at night.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 2016 8:49 pm 
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lancelot wrote:
If Lance sees Guen anywhere near his cat tree, however, he charges.. luckily we've been able to sweep him up before a fight erupts!


One thing I just wanted to say here: you shouldn't always stop cats from "fighting" with each other. It's extremely important for cats to have an opportunity to express dominance and to show who is in charge. They need the chance to fight to do that and they need to work it out among themselves. So don't always step in, let them charge and fight... Once their hierarchy has been properly established then the dominant fighting between them just stops as the submissive cat will naturally submit.

To a point. And where the line is is going to be hard to judge - but when one cat is truly hurting the other cat and it's getting vicious that's when you have to step in. Cats can take quite a bit from another cat before it's a problem. I would listen for sounds of pain (not hisses or growls) and use that as a judge.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2016 5:30 pm 
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Nobody likes to hear the screeching that comes with cat fighting. Spats are one thing. I think most owners want to protect their cats from getting hurt. Any time a cat cries out, it's time to put a stop to whatever is going on. Yes, there is a hierarchy among cats, and I don't have a problem with cats swiping at each other, but a rough and tumble roll with a cat attached at the neck goes way over the line for me. I know we want all of our kitties to get along, but human siblings fight -- it's just natural among cats. They are territorial and it's "you stay away from mine." :biggrin: :biggrin:


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