My cat hates my roommates cat

Discussion in 'Behaviour & Training' started by mirandapanda, Feb 5, 2016.

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    mirandapanda New Member

    Feb 5, 2016
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    I got my cat Pippin (3M) when he was a kitten from the shelter. He was born there so he had his siblings and his mom for the first three months until he was adopted by me. He was neutered shortly before I adopted him. He’s always been really social, friendly with people and other cats. I had another cat (2F) that he adored and cuddled with all the time. He and a friends cat (2M) love each other and play and wrestle constantly when they are together, which is for a day or two every few weeks. I also have a kitten Maxwell (4moM) that he is very friendly with, they play a lot but he is gentle when they play. He has always been high energy with a destructive streak but until now has immediately gotten along with pretty much every cat that he has come into contact with, and even some dogs. Looking back, all cats that he has met were kittens when he met them but he has still remained friendly while they grew, so I know that is probably a big factor.

    Roommates cat Renji (5M) was a stray until he was about 7mo and got taken in by my roommate, and was neutered at around 8mo. He’s really sweet with RM and I, but can be kind of a grump sometimes. RM had another female cat for three years that he got as a kitten, and while it took about a month for them to get fully introduced but he grew to love her, although he had this strange thing were if they were separated for even like an hour to take her to the vet, when she came back he would hiss at her for a few minutes before he warmed up to her again. He generally likes Maxwell, the kitten, although he tends to get annoyed with his high energy.

    Pippin hates Renji, and the feeling is mutual. I have never seen Pippin be aggressive like this before. We’ve tried to gradually introduce them and it there has been no progress at all, if anything it has gotten worse. It has been since August. We’ve tried letting them meet under the door for weeks and they would play with each others paws under the door so we decided to let them meet face to face. Things went well for a few minutes, Renji pretty much ignored Pippin but Pippin kept following him around and trying to get him to play and batting at his tail (which Renji really does not like) until Renji swatted at him and they got into a fight. (Renji broke his leg years ago so he can’t jump very well, which means it makes it hard for him to get away when Pippin bothers him.) So we put them back in separate rooms and waited longer, tried to let them meet again, pretty much the same thing happened. We got a wire dog crate (like this: to put one of them for periods of time so they could be in the same room and get used to each other that way. When Pippin is in it, Renji ignores him and just walks around the house like normal, but when Renji is in it, Pippin will just sit and stare at him, and sometime tries to bat and swat at him. We also use the Feliway scent diffuser to try and make them calm whenever we put them in the same room. After about a month of this we let them out together again, but within about 30 minutes Pippin pounced on Renji and they got in another fight. Luckily I had put soft claws and a cone collar on Pippin to protect Renji. We’ve been doing the kennel thing since before early December, and there has been no progress it seems. Last week I accidentally didn’t shut the door all the way on the room Pippin was in and he got out and attacked Renji and they got into another bad fight. We are at a loss. I’ve given up on these cats ever being friends, now I just want to find a solution to make them not fight anymore. I know Pippin is the instigator and they would probably be fine if he would just stop antagonizing Renji. How do I get Pippin to just leave him alone? I would really appreciate any ideas y'all have.
    mirandapanda, Feb 5, 2016
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    Susan Brown Well-Known Member

    Jul 6, 2015
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    Just like people, all cats don't like each other. Sometimes things just don't go well between them. When I brought home my second cat, my older cat was not crazy about him. They use to fight and it would get bad sometimes. They have been together two years now and they still have the odd fight but for the most part they tolerate each other. Maybe allowing them to spend more time together would help. It is hard not to react to every fight that they get into but sometimes they need to work it out between the two of them. Of course don't let them hurt each other but maybe let them get use to each other and spend more time together. Don't separate them after the first fight. They aren't always hurting each other. They are setting boundaries. It may work out in time but then again they may never like each other. That is just the way that it goes.
    Susan Brown, Feb 9, 2016
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    Trellum Well-Known Member

    Sep 24, 2013
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    Maybe they will start accepting each other gradually, but if they don't you need to start thinking about plan B. Sadly the fights are a normal thing in this kind of situation, because they are trying to see who the Alpha is, once the order has been established the fights might stop.
    Trellum, Feb 9, 2016
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