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Ive had 2 female spayed house cats years. They are

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ive had 2 female spayed house cats for 10 years. They are companions. 3 months ago my boyfriend suddenly died in am accident, and I brought his neutered male 5 yr old cat into my household. Since that day neither of my females have come downstairs, not once. Sometimes the male sleeps in front of my upstairs closed bedroom door. When he cries and tries to come into my room theres serious fighting. Also he is very large, bigger then my cats. In fact he is bigger then most cats. What can I do so the three can live together peacefully? I also have a male 9 month old English bulldog who gets along well with all 3 cats, even playing with the new male. Please help us !!
Sincerely, Debi
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Katie Volat replied 4 months ago.

Hello Debi,

This is Dr. KV. I am so sorry for your loss. Please wait a moment as I am typing a reply to you now...

Expert:  Katie Volat replied 4 months ago.

It must be a very stressful time for you and all the kitties. All 3 kitties are trying to adapt to this new living situation. Your older 2 female kitties are looking at the new boy as an intruder in their territory, hence the fighting.

All kitties may benefit from some key stress reduction tools:

1. Pheromonal spray and plug-in devices. These can be ordered online or available at most pet stores. The feline pheromones have natural calming properties.

2. Separate feeding and litter box areas for all 3 kitties.

3. Extra cat toys and cat trees to allow all 3 kitties to have a high spot to perch, as this can help them feel safe.

4. Natural calming remedies. Talk to your vet about trying some natural calming treats. Several companies make foods and treats for kitties with natural calming remedies. These can be very helpful.

Expert:  Katie Volat replied 4 months ago.

Keep in mind that it has only been 3 months...this probably feels like a long time for you, but for the kitties, they may need more time to adjust to this new living situation.

Expert:  Katie Volat replied 4 months ago.

Their are some training techniques that also may be helpful. Would you like some further info on some of these techniques?