Angry cat!

(6 Posts)
dickiedavisthunderthighs Thu 26-May-16 14:50:39

First time posting in this section, I'm hoping you very knowledgeable cat owners can help me!

Bit of background; we have three cats, all three are rescues. Two boys, a fat, fluffy, noisy grey aged 15 and a gorgeous, rather dim tabby/Bengal cross aged 9, and the most recent addition, a little girl also aged 9. All three are neutered.
Like all rescues the boys came with a bit of baggage but have lived with us for 2 years and are really chilled out, loving nothing more than a few cheek-scritches and the warmest spot on the sofa. They arrived separately but get on very well.

Our girl came to us about two months ago, a tiny little tortoiseshell, who had previously lived with five other cats, and is the most affectionate cat I've ever had. She's first to leap on a knee, purrs constantly and follows DH around like he's her long lost mum.
The problem is that from day one she's taken hugely against our tabby. He gave her a wide berth once we started introducing them after the first couple of weeks, but she hisses and goes for him at every opportunity. Mealtimes are the worst, as they are waiting for their food she'll pretty much launch herself at him. Yesterday she barged him out of the way when he was eating (she still had loads of food) and the boy poor was just standing there, watching her eat his food.
He's very territorial and has managed to take down every other cat in the cul-de-sac but won't fight back at her all, he just slinks off. I am so sad for him as he's such a lovely boy but he's lost his spark from the constant bullying sad

We have a Felliway but that's not done anything.

Does anyone have any experience of this and any idea how we could deal with it? Thank you!

Fluffycloudland77 Thu 26-May-16 14:52:32

Sounds like typical tortoiseshell behaviour. They don't take any shit.

I'd feed them seperately, try her on zylkene tablets. It might calm her down.

BagelGoesWalking Thu 26-May-16 15:14:02

As a rescue, perhaps she's had to fight for food in he past. Can you feed in separate rooms to defuse the situation?

Lonecatwithkitten Thu 26-May-16 16:22:31

Tortie female who at times in her life has had to fight for food - this is pretty much par for the course.
Like others have suggested I would feed her alone so she feels less threatened. Make sure there is no conflict over other 'facilities' water and litter trays, the rule is one for each cat plus a spare so you need four of everything for three cats. Try to place facilities where the cats who use them can see out into the room to reduce the risk of them feeling cornered.
With rescue cats it takes time for them to settle, up to 18 months.

dickiedavisthunderthighs Thu 26-May-16 16:30:56

Many thanks for the replies. I love that torties have a bit of a rep!!

She was fed separately to start off with but we merged feeding to get everyone involved - I'll go back to separate food again and see how she gets on.

Hopefully if she feels more secure at feeding that might transpose to other situations and she'll learn that the tabby is a nice, gentle boy (apart from when it comes to outside cats).

Our other rescues have been so easy but they were strays so were very grateful to settle into old age comfortably I think. This one is much more of a live-wire - and lots of fun with it!

Wolfiefan Thu 26-May-16 16:33:07

We have two torties. My iPhone tries to auto correct to "torrid". Just saying. They are feisty but hilarious.

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