We have a 5 year old male cat. He is indoor only. We just moved into a new house and right away we noticed that there are 3 outdoor cats that will not stay away, and one of them is more aggressive and always hanging around our windows and doors (outside). They are spraying all over our house (outside) and our outdoor items (like they know we have cats in here). They sit on both our front porch and our back porch and meow and scratch at our sliding glass door, like they want in, or want to fight our cats, I'm not sure?
Our male cat is going CRAZY! He's never sprayed anything before and now he's spraying EVERYTHING, inside our home. It's awful. I'm yelling NO! and cleaning it up, I'm spraying Natures Miracle (this is what was recommended to me) in every area also. He's acting mean to his sister (also indoor only, she's from the same litter. They have been together since birth and never had any problems with each other. They have always been very loving). He and the outdoor, more aggressive cat have tried to fight through our sliding glass door a few times now. It's really bad. Our male cat is on edge, wining, and agitated all the time. I asked our pet store what they thought I should do/buy just a few days ago, they said that I could try some scented items that are made to calm our cat, but they didn't know beyond that?
Tonight I had one of the living room windows open slightly and the aggressive outdoor cat tried to fight my male cat through the screen on that window seal. I'm not sure why but my male cat then turned on his sister who was close by and started to attack her, it was awful!!! I tried to stop him by hitting them with a folded up sheet but he wouldn't stop. Hair was flying everywhere and they were both screaming (like cat's do) I screamed for my husband. He wrapped a sweatshirt around his arm and made several attempts to not only break them apart, but keep them apart (each time he'd get them apart our male cat would go after his sister again, about 3 more times). Our female cat belongs to our 11 year old daughter who freaked out and instinctively wanted to save her cat, she tried to grab her and our male cat bit her a few times on her hand while fighting with our female cat. I freaked out and grabbed my daughter who was crying hysterically at this time and bleeding from her hand. I ran her to my bathroom, there were several holes and a lot of blood on the top of her hand. I grabbed a bottle of peroxide and started pouring it onto her wounds, we then wrapped it in a towel and left for the emergency room. Meantime my husband grabbed our male cat (who was acting normal, like nothing had just happened at all, loving even... SO STRANGE!) and tossed him in our other bathroom, checked our female cat over really quick, she seems to be OK, and he accompanied us to the hospital Emergency Room.
Our daughter was x-rayed and examined, treated, wrapped up with a brace and bandages, given antibiotics, and two follow up appointments for the next couple of days.
When we returned home we noticed that the neighborhood cat had ripped up our screen and clawed three holes in it when all of this happened, he wanted in very badly. The outdoor cats do not have any ID on them, no collars at all. What do we do? Is my male cat safe to keep around our children and our other cat (he's in a dog crate right now)? What should I do about the outdoor cats? I'm at a loss :o(
Please help us?
***Edited By: april78 on 2/16/2008 3:54:31 AM*** Reason: PLEASE HELP US... MALE CAT PROBLEMS!
One thing i would suggest is to get your cats some ID so then if they run away then you can tell if it is your cat or not as for the outdoor cat, i would go out and see it, check if it has any ID and then if it does, take it back to the owner and lecture them for about 10 minutes about keeping him inside as he is making your cat very unhappy. If the other cat does not have any ID then consider taking it to your local pound. (or the closest one to you) hope this helps byee xx
i laugh alot so please ignore me. unless of course a mad cat comes charging up to me clawing at my eyes in which case i would really like some help!
I'd get a super soaker water pistol and go to town on the outdoor cats. Every time they show up, squirt them through the screens. Heck I'd probably mix a bit of vinegar in it so the smell and the water are incredibly offensive. The outdoor cats see your cats as encrouching on their territory, and yoru house cat sees the outdoor cats as doing the same. So both sides are marking their territory to let the other side know where their own territory starts and ends. I'm presuming your male cat is altered?
Regarding your male attack attacking the female close to him, what you are seeing is displaced aggression, that is common in cats and dogs. The cat is agitated and frustrated because he can't get to the object of his anger, and when someone or something gets near him, he lashes out at that. I'd compare it to you being really mad at a coworker and then coming home and inadvertantly taking it out on your family at home. It doesn't mean your cat is dangerous to your other cats or to your children, it just means that he lashed out at the wrong target while he was out of control with anger.
Your children made a huge mistake in trying to separate the cats, you should never try to physically separate any animals that are fighting, be they cat or dog. I've only been bitten one time, and that was when I tried to separate two dogs that were fighting. Let your children know that they are never to touch the animals if they fight again or something similar will happen.
If you have the super soaker water pistol you can use it to break up the cat fights as well. When animals are fighting you have to find something extremely unpleasant to introduce intot he fight that makes them want to run. Pouring a cup (or pitcher) of water on the male cat, or squirting him with the water in the face is also a highly effective wayt o break up cat fights.
Never trust a tall dwarf... he's lying about something.
It is possible these are abandoned cats or feral cats that were being fed at your new house. Is there a TNR (trap, neuter, return)group in your area? This may be a solution - if you are willing to help the cats - they may have to be moved to a different area with the groups help). I have inside, formerly feral (male and female, siblings and altered), cats and they have never been a problem in this regard even though I currently feed some other ferals outside (currently unaltered but soon to be), so I would suspect they are used to someone feeding them there. I hope your cats are spayed/neutered.