Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Cat Turns Aggressive When New Cat Arrives

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Cat Turns Aggressive When New Cat Arrives

Article excerpt

Dear Dr. Fox: I took my cat along when I went to get the new cat I purchased. On the way home, I sat in the back of the car with the new cat and my sister drove, with our old cat at her side. The new cat was calm and content, but our old cat clawed, hissed and even tried to bite my sister.

It was so upsetting that we turned around, drove back and returned the new cat. Once she was gone, our cat calmed down, but only briefly. Suddenly she hissed and scratched at my face. It took most of the night before she was herself, and even then she didn't want us to touch her.

Can you explain our cat's behavior?

As you have discovered, some cats will go nuts around a strange cat. Even the new cat's smell can make a cat attack its owner. It's an example of redirected aggression and illustrates how scents can have a profound effect on feline behavior. …

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