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Why is my cat yowling and what to do?

My female neutered cat is 1 1/2 years old. I adopted her from an RSPCA shelter and she's strictly an indoor only cat. When a neighbourhood cat is at the back courtyard, my cat will actively pursue looking at the other cat out of the glass sliding doors while yowling very loudly. Sometimes her tail fluffs up. On one occasion she ended up launching herself at the door, yowling and hissing. I tried spraying her with water and she took no notice and continued on. This behaviour stops when the other cat is out of sight and wanders off.

I have searched online for information. I thought maybe the other cat is romantically interested but she is spayed so I don't understand why they would pursue her? I thought maybe she wants a friend to play with but the hissing and fluffed tail suggests she's fearful or asserting herself as the boss of her territory.

If my cat is afraid or uncomfortable though then why does she actively follow the cat and pursue it as long as it's in eye sight? If it wanders away, she'll run to the other room and keep yowling.

I thought it was Tom cats instigating this and stirring her up but the last occasion I hardly heard a noise from the other cat outside who looked interested but confused about what was happening.

Is there anything I can do about this? Should I be concerned?

Emily-and-Dorathecat

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