Originally Posted by marko
Not all cats will get along but eventually (months...) they will probably tolerate each other. Some cats though will never get along w/other cats.
In my experience most cats do become friends after a while but the depth of that friendship is variable. Often the depth of the friendship will increase slowly over time.
One thing i have done to ease and encourage friendships in cats that have already been together for a few days to a few weeks is put catnip on the actual cats, or on one of the cats. It's helped in a couple of cases. BUT these are cats that don't hate each other, they just don't seem to be establishing a 'friendship'. Of course this would be done under direct supervision.
In cats that actually hate each other (meaning one of the cats physically attacks the other in an effort to hurt the cat (versus cat play where biting still goes on but it's tamer biting and they understand when they have gone too far), I still might rub catnip on the weaker cat or both cats...but again only under direct supervision.
swapping scents through towel swap rubbing can also help in some cases.
I'll have to try the catnip
Some of these cats have lived together for years. I have no problem with the tolerating each other, it's the random attacking that's bad. I have a calming collar on Rosie to try and get her to stop picking on Callie. These 2 have been together for 12 years. Callie was a kitten and Rosie was around 1 when they met, they actually played together..Rosie was a great mom, now she attacks Callie for no reason, has her afraid to be in the same room as Rosie. Callie is a drama queen so it's always 10X worse then it really is, you'd swear she was being killed
The 2 kittens are doing very well, they know their place, as soon as anyone does a hiss or growl they either lie down or leave the area..smart boys
I'm trying to put together some calming fragrance like lavender to see if that helps. Right now they are outdoors most of the time, so lots of space..come winter <sigh>
I'll definitely try the cat nip..thanks