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Two young cats do not get along. From same family. Male is

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Two young cats do not get along.
From same family. Male is the aggressor and attacks female.
Owners cannot tolerate and loves them both. Both work and cannot do much training during day so cats are separated. Thanks so much !
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat Behavior
Expert:  Cher replied 1 year ago.
Hello, and welcome! Thanks very much for your question. I'm so sorry to hear these to young cats don't get along. Are they littermates? How old are they and what are their names? Are they both fixed? What does the male do when he attacks the female? Thanks for all your additional information and after you reply, please allow me some time to compose and send your detailed answer. This might take a while, so your patience is greatly appreciated! Warmest regards,Cher
Expert:  Cher replied 1 year ago.
Hi again, I was hoping to hear back from you, but I see you've been offline, so I will send my answer now, and then, if you have any additional questions or concerns, please click Reply and I will be happy to continue. We come across these types of cases very often and they can be due to various factors. The male may have experienced an incident where he was startled, frustrated or stressed and he is exhibiting 'redirected aggression' toward his sister. Here is more information about redirected aggression: CLICK#1 CLICK#2 If this is the case, it can sometimes takes days, weeks or months for things to return to normal, depending on the actual incident and the kitty's personality. Another cause may be asserting his dominance. He wants his sister to know that HE is the 'alpha cat' and she is the submissive one. While females can also assert dominance, males typically do so more frequently. There may be a scent on her fur that both frightens and upsets him. In this case, the best thing to do is start from square one, as if you are introducing them for the first time. The first method is 'scent transfer'--take a slightly dampened cloth or paper towel and pet one cat, then pet the other, then vice versa. Do this many times throughout the day. In addition, pet them both with an old t-shirt of yours that contains your comforting and familiar scent. Start using Feliway plug in diffusers; these emit cat calming pheromones and help ease stress/anxeity in this type of situation. You can find Feliway in pet supply stores or order online. Some vet offices carry it, too. Here is more information: FELIWAYThey also make calming pheromone collars for cats, but some like it and some don't. Sentry makes a 'Good Behavior' collar you can look for in your pet store. When you're home to supervise, use interactive toys like a laser pointer and feather wand to get them playing together. Offer cat-healthy treats when they get along nicely. Food rewards always work wonders! Enriching their environment with one or two tall cat trees/kitty condos and interesting toys will also help. Here is a list of toys they should love: http://www.frolicat.com/http://www.batarat.com/ http://www.cattoys.com/kong-kickeroo-cat-toy.htmlhttp://www.shopfatcat.com/cattoys.html http://www.pawswhiskersandclaws.com/pwc%20foraging.pdf Make 'groups' of toys and switch them out every few days, so they don't get bored and feel like they're getting 'new' toys. First, play with the toys with them separately, then slowly try to get them to play with their favorites together, under your supervision. Two other OTC calming remedies are Rescue Remedy for Pets by Bach and Composure treats by Vetri-science. You can also find these in pet stores. Only choose to use one, not both. Jackson Galaxy also makes calming 'essences' you can order from his website: http://www.petco.com/product/122726/Vetri-Science-Composure-Feline-Bite-Sized-Chews.aspxhttp://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?pcatid=3550 http://www.spiritessences.com/?Click=3511 As a last resort, speak to your vet about a low dose, short term anti-anxiety medication for the male or both cats, since the female is stressed out by the attacks. Clomicalm is well-recommended, but there are many your vet may suggest. Here is more info: CLOMICALM It might be a good next step to have your male evaluated by his vet, to make sure there is no underlying medical issue causing discomfort/pain, etc. and making him go after his sister. I hope you found my answer helpful and the two kitties will begin getting along better, very soon! Please keep me posted on their progress. Thanks! My goal is to provide you with the best service possible. If you feel I have done so, then positive feedback such as an excellent service rating or 5 stars (whichever option you're given) is greatly appreciated! If not, please click "Reply" to let me know how I can better assist you with any additional information or clarification and I will be glad to continue.Warmest regards,Cher