Brian: Why would my younger cat start hating my older cat after the older one ran away for a half a day?
I have 2 female cats, neither spayed. The older cat ran out of the house for about 12 hours. She came home and now my other cat won’t have anything to do with her. Including eat from the same bowl or be in the same room. Why is this? Will my house ever be back to normal?
Answers and Views:
Answer by Imani
While you cat was out, she probably picked up unfamiliar scents and other things that you other cat may not like or be familiar with. What I would suggest you do is try to give your cat that got out a bath and don’t force them to go together because that could lead to fights. So i would just give her a bath and make sure she stays inside and hopefully, your other cat will come around, and your house will be back to normal. Good Luck.
the one that ran away smells weird now. the other cat will get used to her again. and I highly recommend you spay them both before you have more to deal with.Answer by brutusmom
Your older cat now smells totally different. If she’s in heat, she may smell like a lot of tom cats, too. Unless you want to have to deal with a litter of kittens in about 9 weeks…..take her to the vet and have her spayed IMMEDIATELY……When she comes home from the vet, the younger one won’t like her then, either!!
To prevent this from happening…….take BOTH FEMALES and have them spayed at the same time. Then, when they get home, they’ll smell THE SAME………like the VET / medicines….
Hope this helps……Good luck to you and your “girls”………Answer by concreteslab3
Cats are very territorial animals. Your younger cat just got used to having the house all to herself and isn’t happy that the older one showed up again. It is a little odd that your cat is acting like this when your older one was only gone for 12 hours. It’s nothing to worry about, your younger cat should get reused to the other cat in a day or two.Answer by Alex
Yes, I do think this is normal. I also have a younger and an older cat, and when the older one gets out the younger cat hisses at her from inside and there is some bitterness between them when the cat comes back in. I beleive that because cats are so territorial, it takes them a while to get used to a new cat around the house. However, when one cat is gone for a while, it is all too easy for the other cat to just forget he ever existed because a cat is better off when he doesn’t have to share. The cat who was outside is practically a stranger now and they will have to starting the introduction all over again. But on the bright side, it won’t take NEARLY as long as the first time they were introduced.
Just to try and help things go smoother, get them to know each other again in a happy environment. For example, have the two people sit across the room from each other and hold a cat in their lap while petting and adoring them. If your cats aren’t really up for cuddling, give them each a treat like tuna or babyfood to make them get closer to each other (cats LOVE baby food from a jar). once they are really enjoying their treart, move their food dishse closer and closer together. If two cats can manage to eat in the same place, they can definately manage to live together.
If you think the cats are getting better on their own, leave them be beause they were in the same house once and they can do it again.
Hope this helps…
Maybe the younger cat is ticked that the older one came back!
She may be “jealous” that the other got to go outside. She may smell another cat if your older cat had “relations” while outside.
The older cat could be pregnant now and the younger cat can tell something is different.
Take a washcloth and wipe down the older cat in case it brought in a scent the other doesn’t like. What the heck, wipe down the other cat while you are at it. If they don’t like being wet, they can commiserate together and maybe have a bonding moment — then all will be well. Or take them both in to be spayed. They can heal together.
Many organizations have low cost spay and neuter services. Google or call around.