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nora batty
October 17th 05, 08:37 PM
Why is my oldest female cat(Billie) being bullied? I have four females
and two male indoor cats. They all have access to an outside cat run.
When Billie comes out of the litter tray she is always pounced upon.
Mainly by the two boys but the other females have been known to do
this. All are neutered except the two youngest females. Has anyone else
come across this?

Brian Link
October 18th 05, 02:50 AM
On 17 Oct 2005 12:37:03 -0700, "nora batty"
> wrote:

>Why is my oldest female cat(Billie) being bullied? I have four females
>and two male indoor cats. They all have access to an outside cat run.
>When Billie comes out of the litter tray she is always pounced upon.
>Mainly by the two boys but the other females have been known to do
>this. All are neutered except the two youngest females. Has anyone else
>come across this?

The obvious first question is: "Is there a new cat in the
neighborhood?"

Secondly, has this just started, or has this always been the situation
with your little brood?

In physics, it's relatively easy to calculate the movements of two
objects in space (taking into account gravity and momentum), but when
you add a third object it becomes exponentially more difficult.

This is the way it works with cats. Every time there's a change in the
local cat population, they need to do their cat-dance to figure out
the pecking order.

Another question is whether Billie is ill.. the other cats may be able
to notice this where you can't. You may take her in for a quick
checkup (this is just my guess, unsupported by cat experts, but an ill
brood member is often singled out in wild populations)

Also, how many litter boxes do you have for all these folks? If it's
litterbox aggression this may very well be due to too few in the
house.

Finally, in my experience (and I'll be corrected if wrong, no doubt)
females in general are at the top of the social order. Even a spayed
female will usually pull rank in a house of neutered males (which has
been my own experience). However, there may be a struggle with
spayed/non-spayed females. I don't know if there's any accepted wisdom
on how these things work themselves out.

Good luck! Let us know how things proceed.

BLink

nora batty
October 21st 05, 10:14 AM
We got Billie and her litter brother as kittens. When they matured we
got another kitten (male). When he matured thats when the bullying
started. A couple of years later we got another kitten (female) she is
the only one who doesn't bully her. The third female (Perl) which is
entire has only just started bullying since Billie was accidently
locked in a room with Perl's kittens. The fourth female is Perl's
kitten and doesn't bully at the moment. But I would think she will copy
her mum as they are very close.
I dont think Billie is ill. She eats very well. I have two litter boxes
at the moment. Think I will put another down to see if it makes any
difference.