Cat issue, any advice?

Hey, this is my first post here. So basically, we have a cat named Moonlight, she's always been a bit solitary but has always been nice to the other cats. A few months ago, I moved into a place with a relative who has two more cats, making a total of 6 cats. (Well, one of them died, but we replaced him shortly after, but she was acting like this before that)
Again, Moonlight was mostly fine for the first few weeks. Then all of a sudden trouble starts. She starts to hide herself in corners of my room or under my computer table, whenever any of the other cats get close she gets extremely angry and often growls for multiple minutes until they get far enough away. This initially started with just her getting angry at one of the newer cats, but quickly extended to all of them. She also doesn't come upstairs, at all, and that's where the food is. I'm pretty sure she's lost a bit of weight because when I checked she was a bit lighter than usual. Not like dangerously, just a bit thinner, so I brought her down some food. I don't really know what to do. Should we just give her away to someone else? I feel like that would be a last resort. I also read about something called "Feliway" which can apparently calm anxious cats, but I don't know enough to really know for sure. She's about 8-9 years old, I think.

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  1. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Cat update: Haven't changed anything but she does seem to be calming down a bit, getting closer to some of the other cats she's more familiar with and going upstairs more, often leaving her spot. This is a positive change 🙂

  2. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    ffs why don't people just stop at three cats?
    even just one is trouble enough.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      they’re only trouble if you don’t reach them right

  3. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Poor Moonlight probably needs some space and solitude like an introvert would, but has been totally depleted of its will to put up with FIVE other cats bugging the shit out of her.
    >Should we just give her away
    wtf

  4. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Imagine the smell

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      of your unwashed ass? awful

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Gay

  5. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >put animal in a building with 5 other cats and a number of humans
    >deprive it of fulfilling most if not all of its natural instincts
    >feed it industrial pet food slop
    >probably neutered it too
    >all for your own pleasure
    >"why is the animal acting weird?"

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      just let her outside

      Poor Moonlight probably needs some space and solitude like an introvert would, but has been totally depleted of its will to put up with FIVE other cats bugging the shit out of her.
      >Should we just give her away
      wtf

      this

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >just let her outside
        But why? I mean we did have an inside/outside cat years ago before we had any of our current cats and while he did enjoy it over time he would stay out longer and longer and eventually just stopped coming back home. I think that's just kind of a thing that happens and since then we haven't let our cats outside at all. I'm sure he was happy out there, though. Plus you never know what can happen. Just letting a cat go outside to roam doesn't guarantee it will come home unless it's taken time to familiarize itself with the surroundings

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >stopped coming back home
          that means it hates its home unless you mean like for 1 day lol
          1 day away is normal

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Man this was years ago, probably like 5 or 6 at this point I dunno. But basically we had an orange cat named Garfield back then. When he was fairly young we had started letting him go outdoors sometimes. He did like us considering that he was always happy to see us. But as he got older he started to go outside for longer and longer periods and sometimes only return days later, until eventually he stopped returning altogether. I don't think he disliked us, I think he just liked being outside too much and felt happier out there.

            • 4 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              >cat went out to get milk and never returned
              anon I hate to break it to you but either someone snatched your cat or he had an accident...

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            No it means something ate it. Cats are prey. Anyone who lets them out is an idiot or hates them.

            • 4 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              or a car hit it

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Nah even 1 day is pretty long. Mine usually go out to stretch their legs for a few hours then are back to eat and drink and sleep.

            Man this was years ago, probably like 5 or 6 at this point I dunno. But basically we had an orange cat named Garfield back then. When he was fairly young we had started letting him go outdoors sometimes. He did like us considering that he was always happy to see us. But as he got older he started to go outside for longer and longer periods and sometimes only return days later, until eventually he stopped returning altogether. I don't think he disliked us, I think he just liked being outside too much and felt happier out there.

            Sad to say it but he likely died. Had something happen with the brother of my current oldest. Almost 10 years later and we still don’t know what happened but probably the same

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          You can't just force cats to live together. They are typically not social with each other unless they grow up together. One of the other cats probably bullied her away from her food. Feed her separately away from the other cats.

          Man this was years ago, probably like 5 or 6 at this point I dunno. But basically we had an orange cat named Garfield back then. When he was fairly young we had started letting him go outdoors sometimes. He did like us considering that he was always happy to see us. But as he got older he started to go outside for longer and longer periods and sometimes only return days later, until eventually he stopped returning altogether. I don't think he disliked us, I think he just liked being outside too much and felt happier out there.

          Female cats don't roam nearly as much as male cats, but cats will always come back to where there's food. Somebody probably stole your cat or he got all of his nine lives taken off the census by something.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >just let her outside
        euthanasia is more humane

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Naw man cats enjoy fearing for their lives, getting sick, and becoming dog poop in the most painful and prolonged way possible. It’s natural so it must be good and they wouldn’t beg to be let out otherwise.

          Then again maybe they just want to murder songbirds and attack other cats?

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            >he has a soicat
            grim

  6. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    you could try feliway, or going to a vet and getting some actual anti-anxiety meds to help her gain some weight. though older cats tend to slim out anyways, it would be good to get her weight loss checked out. a total personality change is often a huge flag for concern, but seems like she got into a spat with a younger kitty and is now defensive. moving into a new household with so many cats can be super stressful, especially for a senior. again, id speak to a vet to make sure she's in good health & discuss anxiety meds or remedies if she's all healthy.

    can you keep her in her own room? or does she still get upset if there's another cat at the door? unfortunately considering giving her away to someone where she'd be the only cat would be an option, but could also stress her out to the point of illness if she's been with you all 9 years of her life.

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