|Purred: Sun Mar 3, '13 7:05am PST |
|I have two cats that don't get along well: Faile, the first cat (she's been an only cat for about 1 year), and Sherlock, the second addition to our family (a neutered male).
Faile will lie on a chair and roll around, growling at the same time. She flips on her back, looks at him upside-down, sits up to lick her butt, then goes back to rolling around and growling (ears up). If he stares at her too long, she hisses, and if he approaches, she screams (much like a mountain lion)(and her ears are flat). If he's close enough, she defends herself (even if he's not aggressive) and swats at him until he runs away.
Sherlock doesn't look aggressive when encountering Faile. He always has his tail up, his ears perked, and sometimes chirps. Usually he turns around slowly and walks away when she shows aggression.
Recently, however, Sherlock seems to have gotten tired of Faile's attitude. When she isn't on guard (like leaving the litter box, or walking around the house), he charges her. Head, ears, and tail up toward the ceiling. I'm thinking he is trying to play with her... But she screams and runs away, and he chases her. Faile often runs under the bed or under a chair and screams, hisses, and growls at Sherlock. She's clearly terrified and he.... I'm not sure. Is he being aggressive?
I've tried the re-introducing method, but it doesn't work. Faile already knows his smells and who he is, and Sherlock looks like he doesn't care.
My husband and I are getting Feliway today, hoping that will help. I hate seeing Faile so stressed out.
What I was thinking: Faile is scared of Sherlock because he's big, black, male, and older than she is. And Sherlock just wants to play, but his playful attempts scare the crap out of Faile.
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