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Old 02-26-2014, 01:52 PM   #21
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Ah ok, i just asked because this was a female mau attacking my male tabby.
females are the alpha males.
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Sounds like they're already wearing bells?

We had our cross eyed cat pull this super-aggro stunt over an extended period of time (few weeks?) and found out the bells really helped. He can't see for ****, especially in the dark.

Could have the victim got into something to change it's scent?'
Our cross eyed cat gets super freaky if he sees, or hears other animals outside because he cannot discern the threat. This makes him suspicious of the other cat in the house, and he just goes apeshit for awhile.

I've got into trouble intervening before, then the cat ends up going after me too, when it was something else that was the root cause.

Our short term workaround to calm the cat was a bright lit area (bathroom?) inside of a soft, small carrier.

Good luck, sounds scary.
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Old 02-26-2014, 02:52 PM   #23
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The Mau wears bells. The tabby doesn't wear a collar because we waited too long to get one on him and i'm too much of a softy to watch him be miserable while he adjusts to his collar.

Wonder if maybe he needs to sack up and wear a bell and maybe he just scared the **** out of the Mau and she went into full "kill or die" mode.
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I just re-read your wife's message and it triggered a thought. Maus are hypersensitive to loud noised and sudden commotion. A slamming door or dropped saucepan would send one of them into a flying rage where he would get into the mindset of "I have to get the hell out of here NOW and destroy anything in my path!"

Cloud (the one with palsey) has made the mistake of getting in the way on several occasions and paid dearly for it. He has a nasty scar on his nose now.

It can go from a loud noise to a serious cat *** whooping and back to silence in a matter of seconds.

One of my old maus (Jupiter) was all sorts of buddy buddy with my tabby (Moo) until one day a dropped wine glass sent him flying up the stairs in terror, and along the way he slammed into Moo and beat the everliving **** out of him, tearing his nose and ear. They fought every day for about a week and suddenly they were BFFs again.

I don't think you have anything to worry about. Cats are just weird.
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If this happens again, either she'll **** him up bad if he doesn't fight back, or he'll go into fight-for-life mode and kill her. (He's twice her size and stupid strong.)

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I can't imagine he would allow for anything too grave to happen to himself, given that he is so much bigger and stronger. His allowing her to dominate him seems much more a hierarchical demonstration and an adherence to those roles which he would only allow to continue as long as he wasn't in serious danger. That's not to say he wouldn't get some good slashes here and there, all part of the role play, but nothing life threatening. Also, if and when he retaliated, I expect the response on his part would not be fatalistic (very rare for male -> female), more likely just self defense.

If no one was home, I'm sure you could come home to some tattered kitties, but I seriously doubt there'd be any fatalities.
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But but but... i like my kitties to be intact. :( No tattered.
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Tattered can get expensive, real quick.
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I have a cichlid (fish) I also have some guppies in the tank that breed pretty steadily. The cichlid eats them and they roughly balance out.

In for vids of what these Maus do when exposed to the blender defender.

Blender Defender

They'd probably claw through a wall.
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Mau gets on counter.

Blender Defender does its thing.


Mau levels neighborhood and eats all the children.
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We un-separated them and she went right back at him.

Re-separated and she's in the bedroom just constantly meowing and pacing.

Something is up. Vet visit tomorrow. I'm not doing this **** every day.
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I'm not going to say don't take her to the vet, but it sounds exactly like what my Maus have done for years. They'll fight for a week and get over themselves. I know it's easy to panic a bit when it happens, lord knows I did. I thought I was going to have to get rid of one of the cats, or worse have them put down due to some strange illness. Now, I just make sure watch to make sure he doesn't cause any real harm.

I really don't think there is anything wrong with your Mau.

I'd recommend to keep a cautious eye, but don't take any drastic measures. I have never had a Mau that did not do exactly this.

Didn't you freak out a bit about the shakey-tail at first?
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Old 02-26-2014, 08:24 PM   #32
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Nah, shakey tail wasnt me. Our Mau doesnt do that, but our tabby has tail spasms when he wants something.

I wouldnt be bothered if the tabby was fighting back, but i'm not going to sit here and watch my cat get beat on for a week periodically.

The Mau came at me this time as well.

She's locked in the bedroom pacing back and forth yowling.

She DOES go through heat cycles even though she's fixed, including discharge. Always thought the spay job was botched. She's in one now, might have something to do with it. Maybe false pregnancy or something else weird.

Dunno. We'll see what the vet says, but right now, neither the wife or I are particularly impressed with her.

Hasnt happened before, and she's 5 years old now.
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FWIW, Diesel didn't have his first spaz-out until he was almost 4, and after we got Cloud. You want to see a one-sided fight? Imagine a small cat, disabled with spastic-cat syndrome getting dominated by a Mau twice his size. It's really sad to watch. Cloud has literally no defense but to fall over and get wailed on.

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I will say that they never came at me, but they did make it clear they didn't want me interfering. The yowling and pacing seems about right.

I'd like to know what the vet says. I've never taken mine in to find out if there's a reason behind it. I always assumed it's like an annual "heat-cycle" they just need to get out of their system.
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Have you tried Feliway spray or collar? It's supposed to help cats relax by mimicking their facial pheromones. It couldn't hurt to try.

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Hrmmm never heard of that.
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I read this thread. All I got out of it is that Ben has crazy ***** at home.
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Alright, going to try to set up a vet appointment now. Kept them separated all night, Peach in the bedroom with us, Lilah got free roam of the rest of the place. She went nuts all ******* night meowing/yowling every 2 seconds the ENTIRE night, and tore up the carpet trying to get into the bedroom.


Blah.
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Sounds like you have an Egyptian mau that just realized what she is, lol!
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She's always been somewhat vocal and pretty active at night, but this is a bit excessive.

I grew up with Siamese cats, i know what "normal" crazy talkative cat is. :P
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Psycho kitty:



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