I'm just after a bit of advice as I think my tom cat is attacking my female cat when we're not around. My female cat is 4 years old and we've had her since she was a kitten. She was spayed at about 1. We recently rescued the tom cat, around 9 months ago. He is 3 - not sure of the exact age, though; and has been neutered, but again - not sure what age. Although the vet did tell us he was done late because he's big.
When we first introduced them they seemed to get along. They didn't really bother with each other, but would eat together and would always sniff each other nicely. They sometimes had a bit of a scuffle, but never anything nasty, more playful. Just recently, he disappeared for around 6 weeks which is the longest he's been gone. He normally goes for around a week or we would know where to find him. But this time he wasn't where he normally is and was gone for longer. Now, he's back and my female seems really scared of him and won't sleep on the landing with him (like they did before.)
We have been worrying that maybe he is being aggressive when we are out or asleep or even when they are both out. Tonight, she has come home with what looks like a cut on her head, but there's no blood, just a bold white patch (she's jet black.) We're not sure if he's hurt her or if she's done it out. She loves hunting! We really don't know what to do, she's my baby and I hate the thought of her being scared, but don't want to just get rid of our tom... Any help, please? It would be appreciated.