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Old 02-28-2010, 11:16 AM
 
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I would also suggest when you hear a conflict rising, to run with a water bottle, and squirt water at the two cats in conflict. This usually does the trick, and then afterwords, separate the two for a few hours to get them to think about matters. Don't wait until after the skirmish, for by then the damage is done and it is too late.
Actually, I did think about that spray bottle idea just the other day. It would perhaps teach Thai that his somewhat playful/hostile male-alpha behavior isn't acceptable. He does seem quite playful sometimes when he starts "tracking" Cookie; trotting along a few feet behind her as she passes through a room he's sitting in.

But then she'll turn and yowl like Satan's own felid, and he seems to be quite taken aback. As in "What's the big deal?"

He's either quite dumb, or v. smart. I don't see "dumb" in this particular cat though...

Anyhow, yeah; spray bottle. I'm also experimenting with those cat treats as a means to reward him and/or Cookie, as well as to simply shake the plastic bottle they come in, which instantly brings him away from whatever he's up to, and in to my room, away from the designated war area!

Wow! Ten cats. We decided a few years ago that the 5 we'd "inherited" was beyond our peacefulness, litter box and food budget limits. Now it's 4, with dottie probably on her way out at 19 yrs old with some indications of kidney problems. ghost's about 12. That leaves Thai at about 4 and Cookie at 6. what a remnant pair they'll make when the other two leave us!

BTW, cats may be nuts, but gaw-leee Andy, they sure are fun, huh?

Thanks for the info! I'll get on it.

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Old 02-28-2010, 11:21 AM
 
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No, Rifleman, FIFTEEN cats. You forgot to count the females! LOL
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Old 03-02-2010, 05:02 PM
 
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No, Rifleman, FIFTEEN cats. You forgot to count the females! LOL
Our experience shows that cat society breaks down when it reaches 6 or 7 members. Fighting and marking became an issue - even when everyone was fised. We resolved the issue by separating into 2 clans. They only mixed when we were there to supervise. This worked for years. Finally, through attrition, we dropped to 7 cats and the 2 clan merged again with no problems.
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Old 03-02-2010, 06:28 PM
 
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My "family" is the exception to the rule. Even when we were at lower numbers here at Garden of Eden, the wild boys' instincts instructed them to spray. The rule as quoted above probably works for domesticated cats, but not wild. I also do not have much fighting, for I have maintained an attitude of "we LOVE each other in this house". When a tangle does arise, as in any other household with more then one cat, the water bottle does come in handy and Rescue Remedy. We have something unusual here, clans within clans, yet everyone acknowledging that they are family.

Over time, things fell into place and all of our cats have a place in this household as to what their "function" is. And they know what that is. For example, one of our cats is called Mr. Security, and believe me, when he walks when he is on duty, he walks as though the ground beneath him shakes. Have you ever seen a wild male walking his territory, as though the very ground itself shakes? That is exactly what I see and "feel" when this cat is doing his job.

All in all, I agree with Rifleman, for even though there are tough times and hard times, just as in any family, our cats give us so much love and fun! The laughs we attain watching some of their antics is priceless.
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