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I have a 7 yr old cat. When we brought two baby kittens into the home to stay about three years ago, she would growl at them and they would freeze in their steps, scared. My cat population increased 6 more. The babies have grown up plus I have littermates that are now 2 yrs old. They like to attack her. She stays in my bedroom in the morning if  she chooses not to go outside and come 8pm I put everyone else in the basement for the night (they eat my plants and make too much noise)  Usually by 11 pm she in inside and running loose inside. but at that time all the others are in the basement. The others come upstairs for the next day when she is in the room or outside.  Something has to give. This multiple cat home is too much for her, but there is no way I will give any away because they were all rescues and I love my babies all equally. They are well taken care of, all are neutered, and Geisha is spayed. Why cant they all just get along???

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Trish,

I believe Geisha's problem is that she is overwhelmed by the sheer number of cats!!!!! The dynamics of 2 or 3 cat households are very, very complicated, but in this case there are just too many cats.  Geisha might be happiest in a home with only a couple of cats, or even her being the only cat. I know this is not what you wanted to hear, but the problem is that we really do not understand how cats determine how they want to inter-relate with each other. Like people, there are just some cats who will not get along with certain other cats.

Again, I think that Geisha is overwhelmed and you might have to make some tough decisions. On the brighter side, if you look a bit, you just may find others like yourself who would love to have a rescue kitty or two.

Seasonal regards... Norm.  

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Norman Auspitz

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I can answer most non-veterinary questions about cats. My particular expertise is pedigree cats, breeding and showing. However, I am versed in feline behavior, cat breeds and their characteristics, general feline husbandry, and the like.

Experience

I judged for the Canadian Cat Association from 1975 until 1982. I am currently an approved allbreed judge for the Cat Fanciers'' Association (the world''s largets cat registry), and have been judging for them since 1991. I have been breeding pedigreed cats since 1971 and have been exhibiting pedigreed cats in shows since 1970. I obtained my first pedigreed cat in 1970 and have never looked back. In 1971, I obtained my first Abyssinian which has become my primary breed. In addition, I have bred Manx and Persians. Currently, besides the Abyssinians, I am also breeding Maine Coons.


Organizations
Cat Fanciers'' Association, inc. (CFA) and the Manx, Maine Coon, and Abyssinian breed councils. I am currently Abyssinian breed council secretary.

Publications
Cat Fancy Magazine, The Abyssinian Chapter in The Cat Fanciers'' Association Complete Cat Book, and Articles for various editions of The Cat Fanciers'' Association Yearbook

Education/Credentials
I received a B.S. from Drexel University in 1968, a M.Math from University of Waterloo, in 1970, a Ph.D. from University of Waterloo in 1975, and a MBA from McMaster University in 1980. I received my approved allbreed judging status in the Cat Fanciers'' Association in 1999.

Awards and Honors
We have produced a number of Cat Fanciers'' Association (CFA) National winning Abyssinian and Maine Coons. We have produced a number of Abyssinian and Maine Coon Distinguished Merit females (an award for a top producing cat), including the first Distinguished Merit Abyssinian in the red (sorrel) color. I am the CFA Abyssinian breed council secretary and belong and/or hold office in a number of cat clubs. I am also a member of the CFA Judges Association.

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