Yes, you read the title correctly. I grounded Maizy for a week. Back in January Maizy started acting uncharacteristically aggressive towards Tigre. After people telling me she’s just in heat (she wasn’t) I scheduled an appointment with the veterinarian in case something worse was going on. Then I turned to google, and I learned that fear aggression is a thing.
What is fear aggression
Fear aggression is when an animal acts out aggressively from fear. It usually follows after a cat fight, when intruding a new cat.
If you type “why do my cats suddenly hate each other” you will find information on “reintroducing you cats after a fight. After reading it very carefully I went to work separating them switching them so they can get used to each others scent. Which tbh seems like nonsense, they’ve been together for almost 5 years. This method probably works, it didn’t for me or my cats. It doesn’t help that the galaxy cat daddy guy doesn’t respond to comments or offer any kind of further help. I’ve had someone else respond to my comment the other day having the same problem with their cat and another asking why and how I changed methods.
Why I switched.
Well easy answer for why, it wasn’t working. I need consistency and our normal routine was a mixed up. I felt guilty for locking one cat up while allowing the other the freedom of the house. For a week I kept them separate. I tried the put one in a kennel in the room with the other she never got any better. And because no matter where I am in my house there is usually 2 cats within arms length. So I had to try something new.
What worked for me
I went to Walmart and got a harness for Maizy because I was afraid that the collar was going to hurt her. I kept her by my side and on the leash for a week while Tigre hid in the curtains. Maizy hated the leash, as soon as it was connected to flopped to the ground. Which had it’s own benefits as I was able to hold her and cuddle her all day. But I kept them in the same room while I held her because she was the aggressor.
I decided enough was enough after a week and they were going to get along. So I went and got the scratch scroll and sprayed it with some catnip spray. Then I took Tigre and his bed and sprayed it. I left them about a foot apart. After a bit they were both calm and affected by the catnip that Maizy didn’t care Tigre was near. I this this on a Friday after work so I didn’t have to leave for a bit to be sure they would be good.
Now obviously I’m not a vet or even a cat expert, but I am pretty good at finding creative solutions to my problems. Maizy did go get checked out by a vet who confirmed that there isn’t anything medical as to why she was acting aggressive. This way worked for my cats and a lot of why I felt good trying it is because my cats know their names and if I call Maizy she usually stops and meows at when he weirdest thing I’ve done this ytea r. back. This isn’t a proper way of doing anything, just what worked for me and my cats. They’ve been getting along just fine since their dispute in January.
If you know anyone that might benefit from this please share it with them. Also leave in the comments what works with your pets.