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Unread 03-08-2010   #1 (permalink)
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Default Behavior problem - any advice?

I have three neutered males. The oldest is almost five, the middle one is two and a half, and the youngest is about to turn two. They get along very well and seem to love each other, except for one problem.

The two oldest boys pick on the youngest from time to time, but the middle cat has developed a bad habit of pulling out the fur on the back of the youngest. So, my poor baby has a big bald spot on his back. Of course, when I catch them in the act, I scold the one who is pulling out the fur, but when we're not home he gets away with it. I know it is probably a dominance thing, but do any of you have experience with something like this or advice on how I can stop it? I don't know how I can stop it when we're not at home 24 hours a day to keep an eye on them. Thanks for your help!
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That sounds like a difficult problem to solve, I've heard of cats pulling out their own fur - but not other cats. It probably is a dominance thing as you say - but it's hard to change a habit. Your youngest cat will possibly always behave in a more submissive way regardless of his age because that is how he has developed.

I even googled this to see if there were any other examples but I couldn't find any. I can only trot out the usual mantra - you could ask your vet?
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It is very difficult situation i am very sorry to hear about it
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could you seperate them when you are not there?
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could you seperate them when you are not there?
It's vey wise and logical idea,Quite frankly,I once got stuck for a long time with two cats,it was years ago,I love them,but ...realistically speaking one cat is more then enough,there are a lot of responsibility issues involved,not to mention the costly ones.(such as vet,food etc.).
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