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I do hope you are able to help with my 2 year old male Siamese cat, Mika.

Mika is a wonderful cat who, like all Siamese is intelligent, sociable and requires human interaction.  We got him from a breder and he was neutered as a kitten.

Mika lives with our other cat 3 year old Willow and they do get along most of the time.  He can be territorial in the house with her and displays jealous tendencies with myself and my partner especially as I am not there most of the week.

The main concerns we have with Mika is that when he goes out he can be out for a long time sometimes coming back early hours of the morning with puncture marks where he has been fighting with I presume another cat. These tend to be on his head and his sides. He has had numerous abscesses on his head which we had treated by our vet.  We don't have a cat flap and are concerning if he has more access during the day would this reduce the length of time he disappears thus injuries to him?  However I simply am unsure if this would work.  

Both of us work during the day and I am with them on a weekend.

I'm very concerned about him as I don't know where he goes and why he's being so territorial.  This has gradually got worse over the past 6 months.

Any ideas?

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Michelle,

The only way I know to prevent the fighting is to make him into an indoor cat.  This can be a long process.  You or your partner can leash train him (leash and harness) and let him get his wanderlust out of his system by having regular walks (whereby he will walk you).

Leash training is relatively easy and can often satisfy the urge to be out of doors.

Outdoor cats who are indoors tend to be excellent escape artists, so you would have to be very vigilant.

Please let me know what you think.

Best 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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