Question by MomOfThreeBoys: Sudden, strange cat behavior…?
Hi, one of my 7 cats has started acted strangely! My female cat (Winnie)has 4 female kittens, 14 weeks old, also other cats. Because of the litter box being a constant hassle, I started letting them all go outside. The kittens love it! I usually always had two kittens (Ariel & Piper) inside with me, as they were a little more prissy than the others. Last night, I let them all out over night. There was a fight sometime last night between mother (Winnie) and kitten, (Ariel). I don’t know what provoked it, but there was hissing, hollering and slapping. I figured it was because Winnie occasionally still lets the kittens nurse and she didn’t want to at that time! I couldn’t find Ariel all day, and just a little while ago, she was up in the tree, hissing at the other cats. I coaxed her down, but now she is alarmed when the other cats smell her, and she hisses at them. Whats going on?
Answer by suellenh
If you don’t think she’s injured, it might be that Ariel is just scared – badly. After all, she did just get beat up by her mom and spent a night in a tree (on her first night outside?). That sounds pretty traumatic. She may be fearful that her household buddies aren’t to be trusted any longer. Try to give her back a familiar routine and a little bit of extra loving, as well as keep an eye on her interactions with her buddies – but don’t be too overprotective. Perhaps she’ll relax around her buddies if you start an interactive play-fest that will involve as many of them as want to participate. Good luck.
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