October 12th 2012 12:03 pm
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The cats are now sequestered. One week (it is so hard...I felt the urge to "see what happens" again today, but I was strong!). The stress level in the house is way down because of the division. At times, depending on what rooms are open, they may be able to see each other through the French doors. I hope that is okay. Grazie saw Ladybug this morning and was very interested again, but there was no contact.
Neither cat seems that interested in the others' smell. Per some instructions on introducing cats to each other (in my case, maybe it's too late), I have socks that I am using to pat one cat and then I leave that sock next to the other cat's food bowl. Doesn't bother or interest them in the least.
So I'm sure nothing new will happen in the week that they do not have access to each other. I will write when they start meeting through the crack in the door.
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Keep up the good work!! Slow is best..
I really believe it's not as dire a problem as you're imagining. And though hindsight says you should have given them more separation time for adjustment, that there hasn't been irreparable damage done in the relationship. Meaning - they'll get over it! :) Cats are as varied of personality as people, we're observing, watching both us three indoor girls and the dozen plus ferals who visit the porch. I think you should go through with this new separation time you've imposed, to allow Ladybug to get settled in (and allow the Feliway diffuser to do it's thing - it's supposed to take a while for full effect). Remember there is the jealousy factor working here, too - Grazie has been the sole recipient of your affections; she needs to know you still love her, too.
And letting them sniff through the French doors is probably a good thing, we think.
Forgot to say Congrats on being chosen for a Daily Diary Pick today! We'd give you a "zealie" gift, except we used them all up for this month. :(