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Hello Pam, I have three cats (2 males 1 female) all have been fixed and got along very well.. One night about 2-3 months ago there was a fight and do not know who started the fight but the older male cat finished the fight. Now i have an issue where the female cat is afraid of the male cat just to see him, he stares at her she just screams and hides. The female cat took refuge in our bedroom and will not come out unless we grab her hold her and try to show her it is ok.
What may have happened is an incident of redirected aggression. Maybe one cat was agitated over something (perhaps there was a cat outside the window that cause one of your indoor cats to become reactive) and then when she or he couldn’t get to the primary target, aggression was redirected toward a companion cat.
At this point, the best thing you can do is to do a total reintroduction. Just separate the cats who aren’t getting along and then gradually reintroduce them as if they’ve never met. Feed them at a far distance from each other so they start to associate the presence of food with each other’s company. Do very short sessions so they always end on a positive note. The bottom line is that you now have to give the cats a reason to like each other. By doing a total reintroduction, using positive and gradual methods, you can help them stop that negative cycle.
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