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How can I tell if my cat is bullying her sister and what can I do to combat the problem?

Yes, it sounds like you could have a little bit of a dominance issue. Unlike dogs, who tend to be all dominate or all submissive, cats tend to be dominate over certain things. For example: In a two ...
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Older, larger cat introduced after tragedy...Not going well. HELP!

While 4 litter boxes for three cats should in theory be sufficient, it may be beneficial to temporarily add some extra litter boxes. I suspect that Izze is avoiding the litter boxes because he is ...
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Older, larger cat introduced after tragedy...Not going well. HELP!

Separate them, quarantine the new cat in a limited area (one room, eg) and re-introduce gradually. There are good resources on the web for this, including at least one YouTube video series spanning ...
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Cat biting new cat

You do not specify whether the cats are neutered/spayed. I'm hoping they are, but the behaviours you described make me suspicious they are not. They are probably both sexual and dominance behaviours. ...
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How can I prevent my male Bengal cat from attacking my two other cats?

It sounds to me like the root cause is boredom. Bengals have a reputation for being very high energy cats. Furthermore, at 9 months old, I would expect him to still have kitten levels of energy. So ...
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My dog has been acting strangely around one of my cats' butt

It's spring time, that means it's mating time for dogs. You say Brutus is not fixed, so his hormones make him somewhat more dominant and a lot more interested in finding a nice girl now. You should ...
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My dog has been acting strangely around one of my cats' butt

I also think it sounds like Brutus needs more exercise and/or mental stimulation. Pay attention too to what time of day it is - that might help with timing when he needs more exercise. In addition to ...
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Dogs increasingly becoming picky and going to the bathroom in crate

- Are my dogs doing this (peeing in their food and water bowls) to spite me? They have no medical problems as I have gotten them evaluated multiple times in the last 2 or 3 months. Dogs aren't ...
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New cats: Female intimidating/bullying her brother

Cats which live together might be fond of each other or not. It does not depend on their relationship. I'd try to play with both of them at the same time - alternately with the brother and the ...
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Submissive peeing - solved by staring into their eyes with affection?

While I cannot look into that specific dogs head, what makes sense to me is: The dog learned to connect "they come home and look me in the eye" with "and now they are gonna pet me and be very nice!" ...
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Cat Suddenly Afraid of Dog

Great question. Just to start off with, the dominance theory is one that has been disproved by the very people who first came up with the theory. They deduced behaviours of wolves kept in captivity ...
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Cats are still skittish; have obsessive eating disorder

I personally do not like the idea of locking a pet in a room or cage. If you do that, why have a pet? But that is me. I save feral cats and some take longer to calm down and get used to us. And some ...
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How can I get my ferrets to play nice together?

Hitting your fuzzy buddies isn't a good idea. Even a gentle tap is a bad idea. It can make them fear you, even if it is a soft tap on the back. They are more likely to become more aggressive. Time out ...
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Why does my dog only show aggressive behavior indoors?

You've answered your question: your dog has dominance issues. In my experience, this can turn your dog into a dangerous dog. You mention he goes to the park once a week and behaves fine. That's ...
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Why is my dog Juno being so aggressive to my other dog Lexi

Your main concern should be safety. German Shepherds are a very large breed, and one that's been known to have aggression problems as well. The fact that Juno had bitten people as well as dogs is a ...
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1 Year old kitten doesn't like playing with 2 year old cat unless she is initiating it

First, I think it is helpful if you start thinking of it in terms of personality instead of attitude. Cats, much like humans, are who they are. There is no way of forcing her to become your ideal pet. ...
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Older, larger cat introduced after tragedy...Not going well. HELP!

The cat series that Mhwombat is talking about is wonderful. Jackson, the owner of Cat from Hell, suggests shelving, trees, bookcases or anything else that a cat can hide in or around and still get ...
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Will 2 male dogs fight for dominance?

It doesn't matter if you introduce a male or female dog do the family, the hierarchy will always be disturbed and reestablished. Some dogs are more aggressive, others timid while reestablishing the ...
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Existing puppy (18 months) scared of new rescue (between 2 and 4 years) - will this stop?

Whenever you add a new member to your home (dog, cat, human, etc.) all of the animals in your home go through a re-calibration phase to figure out where they stand in the chain of authority. What you'...
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How to moderate dominant instinct between cats?

(This is far away from an answer, but for a comment it will be to long.) I am not a cats person. But I would go to this problem like this: What role do you and your cats play in your household? (...
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Will 2 male dogs fight for dominance?

While ultimately it is going to come down to their personalities, getting two puppies of the same sex at the same time and having both of them hitting maturity around the same time is going to make it ...
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does one have to prevent a dog from being on the couch?

No, that is a myth. Today science says that packs are more like family and the parents are the naturally leaders of the puppies. For more information read this article. The important part for your ...
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Dogs increasingly becoming picky and going to the bathroom in crate

I can tell you that it is written rule that major change in a pet's life can lead to behavioral issues most of the time. So first thing is to get back to a routine as close as the one they had before ...
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