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Like JaK, we have cat fighting issues.

We have a male and a female cat. They are brother and sister and we have had them since they were 6 months old. They will be Five years old in August. They have always been very close, two peas in a pod.

The female has started to hiss and fight with the male cat. (they are spayed and neutered) She is very aggressive. She is stressed out, has changed all of her habits -- sleeping, eating, daily normal routines -- she has also started getting herself in cornered areas where she can watch for him coming near her. When she sees him she starts growling and hissing. You'd think it was a dog and cat fighting the way she sounds. This has been going on for close to two weeks now.

The male, misses her closeness, and misses playing with her. He'll approuch her in a way that seems to say, you are the strong one, I'm sorry for what ever I did, I miss you and want to be near you. This only makes her worse. For the most part though, he stays out of her way even to the point of staying out of the room she is in most of the time. He always backs away when she is aggressive toward him, not even fighting back when she physically attacks him.

We took her to the vet and he couldn't find anything physically wrong with her. He put her on Fluoxetine which is a mood altering drug. We started her on it two days ago (he said it had to build up in her system first) so it will take a few days to a week to show any affect. She is to take it for 30 days and then half a dose for 15 more days to wean her off of it.

It bothers me to put her on this, but they are both so miserable. We don't know what else to do. Does any one have any suggestions as to what may cause this type of behavior? She has been 'mad' at him before when they were in a carrier together for a trip to the vets and he threw up all over her, but that bout of hissing only lasted a couple of days. It is affecting them both so badly. She is stressed out (acting like a completely different cat) and he is stressed out (acting forlorn and depressed).

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