Brown Tabby is a bully
This is a difficult post to write - Im thinking about finding a new home for one of my cats.
I got a pair of 2 wonderful male cats about 3 yrs ago - they had been in the same cage, they got along great and still mostly get along, but... Its getting to be time to find some other solution. One of them (brown tabby) is much more aggressive and domineering than the other (orange tabby) and when he gets a bug up his butt about something - like if I dont feed him promptly enough (he has a weight problem) he will attack the other one in a way that is not playing, but really quite intense, sometimes drawing blood. If I see it happening and pull him off his heart is pounding and he is really quite agitated, and it takes a 15 minute time out for him to calm down. His history is he was living in a feral colony and was neutered at quite a late age (at about 3yrs old) so obviously he is repeating some old tomcat territorial behavior.
Brown Tabby is always pushing Orangie around-for example I put down three cushions next to heating vents and no matter which one Orange is on, Brownie goes around and gives him the evil eye and makes him get off. What a jerk - has to hog all three cushions!
The last straw was last Friday finding clumps of orange fur scattered around quite a bit of blood on the floor , and the orange tabby freaked out and hiding with yet another wound on his tail (third time Ive found a wound on him.)
Anyone have any strategies at all I can try? Right now Im keeping them separate at night and when Im gone during the day and they mingle only when Im around.
Orange is now out of hiding and they seem to have gone back to their old ways but I just cant have this !! It really makes me not like the aggressor and I hate to see my mellow orange bullied like this.
PS- I wonder if I may have inadvertently taught Brownie this by responding to him when he gets whiny and starts hassling Orange. It certainly gets a rise out of me. I may have fed him at first when he did this without thinking of the consequences.