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We left for a few hours and they hate each other now... happened to anyone else??

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Hubby and I went for a couple hours to run errands... typical Saturday. We got home, and Leo wasn't waiting for us... which was odd. Molly saw herself in the mirror and startled snarling and hissing. Leo came down stairs and was howling and hissing and snarling too as soon as he saw her. WTF??? They have lived together in harmony for 3 years. Nothing is out of place in the house. We are having a bit of a windstorm... maybe there was a loud noise? They have to be separated for now though... both are too freaked out
 

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Hubby and I went for a couple hours to run errands... typical Saturday. We got home, and Leo wasn't waiting for us... which was odd. Molly saw herself in the mirror and startled snarling and hissing. Leo came down stairs and was howling and hissing and snarling too as soon as he saw her. WTF??? They have lived together in harmony for 3 years. Nothing is out of place in the house. We are having a bit of a windstorm... maybe there was a loud noise? They have to be separated for now though... both are too freaked out
@MollysMom wow, something freaked them out for sure. Before you mentioned the wind storm, I wondered about a ghost! :)
 

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Agree something freaked them. This is when I say throw snuggly blankets in the dryer and warm them up real nice and then you and hubby sit on a couch with the blankets and get the 2 of them to snuggle on your laps and face one another. They will come around. There is LOTS of comfort in a warm blanket and big hearts @MollysMom

Patti
 

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Yikes. Likely windstorm rustled up some nasty noise and freaked them both out. Do you have any feliway? I suspect cuddles and a bit of time will return things to normal. HUGS.
 

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I'm wondering if the windstorm got them freaked out a bit. I know you are just outside of Edmonton right?! You are close to use and it's been bad at our place too. The kitties were weird about the wind too.

I know that our sphynxes and furry kitties all get along. But a couple weeks ago when Violet (our furry) went to the vet, when we got home, both the sphynxes were hissing and growling at her and going to attack her. It was SOO odd, and has never happened before (they've all lived together for over 2 years). They were on guard and didn't want her around.
We separated them, and then within 24 hours or so...they were all fine again.
We also sprayed some Feliway around the house too.

So I hope things go back to normal in the next day or so.
Sending hugs! :)
 

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Will have to dig out the Feliway. Good suggestion! Yes @Nicolemorgan we are in Spruce Grove. The wind has been nuts here since last night.
 

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Definitely feliaway extra snuggles and perhaps a heating pad for comfort
 

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Hubby and I went for a couple hours to run errands... typical Saturday. We got home, and Leo wasn't waiting for us... which was odd. Molly saw herself in the mirror and startled snarling and hissing. Leo came down stairs and was howling and hissing and snarling too as soon as he saw her. WTF??? They have lived together in harmony for 3 years. Nothing is out of place in the house. We are having a bit of a windstorm... maybe there was a loud noise? They have to be separated for now though... both are too freaked out
@MollysMom if you don't have Thundershirts in the house, maybe put a very snug t-shirt on them which may help calm things down a bit.
 

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I finally found the F eliway... it says expired 2015, I still hope it has some potency to it. Both still hate each other. AAhhh so frustrating that they at being like this.
 

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I finally found the F eliway... it says expired 2015, I still hope it has some potency to it. Both still hate each other. AAhhh so frustrating that they at being like this.
@MollysMom I'm sure it still has some potency left. Worth giving it a try.
Wow, they are still hating each other? So strange. Have they EVER been like this before?
The only thing I can think of is that they both got very spooked by the high winds and somehow they are blaming each other for the commotion outside and the windows rattling! So now they look at each other and think that each is the scary culprit!
 

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This happened to us when a bobcat decided to stroll around on our deck... Suddenly it was every cat for his/herself :)

It took them about a week to fully get back to normal... Just jumpy and suspicious....

Have also had it happen less severely when large objects fall or loud noises.. They usually recover from that by the next day.

I hope they are back to normal soon!
 

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Just hoping your babies calm down and become their loving selves.
Hope the Feliway helps.
 

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@GoldHazel the only other time I have seen them do this is when we took them out in their stroller and a dog jumped up on them. But even that time, it was better within a day.

I just feel like crying. We went out for a bit this evening, and kept them separated in different rooms with fresh litterboxes and water. Just came home and they are still in total freakout mode. I sprayed feliway all over everything. I hope that this will get better. I feel like I am on an episode of "My Cat From Hell"
 

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Windstorms can freak them out they'll be back to their normal selves soon
 

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A big hug for you and cuddles to your crew. Hope they'll be back to normal soon.
 

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@GoldHazel the only other time I have seen them do this is when we took them out in their stroller and a dog jumped up on them. But even that time, it was better within a day.

I just feel like crying. We went out for a bit this evening, and kept them separated in different rooms with fresh litterboxes and water. Just came home and they are still in total freakout mode. I sprayed feliway all over everything. I hope that this will get better. I feel like I am on an episode of "My Cat From Hell"
@MollysMom I am laughing at what you said that you feel like you are on an episode of "My Cat From Hell"! LOL, but honestly, I'm not laughing at your situation. I actually feel for you as I know how torn up you are over this situation.

At this point, if I was in your shoes, I'd try to find a very quiet moment of calmness and with them wearing t-shirts, I'd slowly bring them together. Maybe try on your bed or anywhere you choose. Have a favorite interactive toy handy and a favorite treat handy.

Whatever you do, keep calm during this. They will feel and hear your heart beating fast which isn't good if you want them to be calm and not freaked out any longer.

I hope the next time you post here...it will be a positive post of no more freaked out nakeds in your house. :)
 

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Awhhh, I'm so sorry you are going through this @MollysMom! I just know they will get better though! Sending you lots of hugs.

With the nakeds and Violet, it took like a full 24 hours. And they were so bad with her...and then all of a sudden...they were just back to normal.

Thinking of you all! Hoping they will be back to normal soon.
 

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My sympathy goes to you all. Everyone already gave you good advice. Maybe try some flower essences in their water also. But we sometimes have fights at the window when stray cats are in the garden. The girls want to kill whomever is out there and unfortunately Udo becomes the target.
It usually takes a couple of days to get back together.
The other resource I use is books by Pam Johnson-Bennett. She has some very good books on cat psychology and I seem to remember a case that is similar to what you are going through.
Hugs to you.
Do some blanket/shirt swapping with feliway sprayed on them also. They need to get to know each other again in peace.
 

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Sorry that you're having to deal with this. Hopefully it was just a one time spook that has them so upset, and with a little time and lots of attention, they will be back to normal.
 

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[USplanning@MollysMom[/USER] how are things today? Any better? Did the Feliway help at all?
Still separated, still hating each other. We are planning to do some scent swapping later tonight by switching their blankets. I picked up some kitty crack (Fancy Feast) to try feeding them with on opposite sides of the door. Taking it super slow. My husband and I mostly talk by phone or text since we are in separated rooms with them LOL. Lots of coordinating who is opening the door when and what room they are going to be in.
 

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Still separated, still hating each other. We are planning to do some scent swapping later tonight by switching their blankets. I picked up some kitty crack (Fancy Feast) to try feeding them with on opposite sides of the door. Taking it super slow. My husband and I mostly talk by phone or text since we are in separated rooms with them LOL. Lots of coordinating who is opening the door when and what room they are going to be in.
@MollysMom what you said about your husband was very funny. LOL
I'm really sorry that things haven't calmed down yet. Your plans for feeding and blanket switching are great moves. Put t-shirts on them too. They act differently when wearing clothing. Good luck and update with the progress.
 

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So it has been 2 steps forward, 1 step back. They were playing on either side of the door, had treats on either side of the door, no real reactions. Fed them in the hallway 4 feet apart with hubby sitting between them. A bit of staring, but all good. So Leo wanders into the spare room and Molly follows a few seconds later... waiting to see what happens. All hell breaks loose, hissing snarling and crying. Hubby grabs Molly (who peed all over him) and he got some nasty scratches. Both get separates again... sigh. Will try more through the door stuff tmrw.

Something about seeing each other unrestricted is freaking them out. Molly saw herself in the bathroom mirror and started hissing at her reflection. I had to knock on the mirror and touch it to try and show her it wasn't real.
 

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So it has been 2 steps forward, 1 step back. They were playing on either side of the door, had treats on either side of the door, no real reactions. Fed them in the hallway 4 feet apart with hubby sitting between them. A bit of staring, but all good. So Leo wanders into the spare room and Molly follows a few seconds later... waiting to see what happens. All hell breaks loose, hissing snarling and crying. Hubby grabs Molly (who peed all over him) and he got some nasty scratches. Both get separates again... sigh. Will try more through the door stuff tmrw.

Something about seeing each other unrestricted is freaking them out. Molly saw herself in the bathroom mirror and started hissing at her reflection. I had to knock on the mirror and touch it to try and show her it wasn't real.
Yesterday evening I heard something that might be helpfull. A friend of mine has two cats. When one of the cats got really afraid of some loud noises the others started to hiss at him and they were attacking eachother. This lasted for more then a week. Finally my friend went to the vet and the vet said the cat who was afraid probably still had the "fear smell" on him. He suggested to bath him. My friend did so and after a new slow introduction everything was fine again.
Really don't know if this makes any sense but I wanted it to share in case it does make sense.

Hope Leo and Molly will be friends again soon.
 
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