I have an 11 yr old female cat named Kyah who is constantly trying to attack our 2 yr old male rescue named River. Kyah is the oldest cat in the house (we have seven cats all together). I've had Kyah since she was born.
My mom (who is also my roomate) found River 2 summers ago while she was kyaking on the river. Poor River was screaming at her from the bank and when she paddled up to him, he jumped onto her boat and climbed on top of her head! He looked to be only around 8 or 9 weeks old. He was totally emaciated and my mom brought him home to nurse him back to health.
River has always been really nervous. We have no idea what River experienced out in the woods. We think someone must have dumped him there because he was tame and had no fleas. He spent the first year with us hiding under my moms bed. We tried everything to get him out (pheramone plug-ins, natural calming meds to put in his water) and finally he started venturing out into the house.
Not long after, Kyah started going after him whenever she saw him. River was terrified. He would hide under my moms bed for days after she would go after him. Sometimes she would catch him and claw at him. He would be shaking after.
For the past 4 months or so there was peace but lately the attacks have started up again. We're kind of at our wits end. We have seven cats total in our house and Kyah doesn't go after any of the others. She's not too friendly with them but she tolerates them.
I wonder if Kyah goes after River because she senses he is weak and unstable? I'm not making excuses for her but if she gets means with the other cats, they put her in her place and she backs down. How can I stop her from going after him? No kind of scolding stops her. Squirting her with water won't work because I never see these attacks coming. I can't isolate either one of them to a section of my house because my home is too small.
Anyway, any advice would be greatly appreciated. Has anyone else dealt with an anxiety-stricken cat? Or a cat who attacks another cat? Would love to hear some feedback on this one!