Cats suddenly not getting along

by Andrea
(Ontario Canada)

My older cat who is indoor-outdoor during the summer months has lived with my other 2 indoor cats for a year. Now my one cat who is just over 1 is a deterrent and my older cat will no longer come inside.

The kitten was delayed on being neutered due to covid but was done 2 days ago. I want my older cat to not feel threatened and enjoy his home. I use a spray bottle to keep the kitten away if I can get him inside but I’m desperate for help before it gets cold.

I’ve thought about possibly crating the kitten for a bit. When I brought the kitten home from the neuter my older cat saw he was in a crate and came in for the first time in a few weeks. He has an outdoor shelter but I’d prefer he come inside. Any help would be great!!!

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Yes, crate the kitten
by: Sally F.

Sometimes, when cats return from the vet, there is a problem getting reacquainted with the other cats in the house. I would agree with crating the kitten, especially since you had a positive result (your other cat coming inside) when doing so. I would even consider isolating the kitten and/or going through a get acquainted process, just like you would do if they were not familiar with each other.

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