Friday, July 26, 2013
My sister said that her 12 year old female cat, Patches, is being mean to Lucy (their new kitten who wandered up to their doorstep). They just got a puppy about two months ago, and Patches has an 'attitude' with him, but he is much larger so she doesn't bother him. I have three female cats, and one, Jade, is very mean to the other two. I have to keep them away from her. She goes into a rage when she sees either of them, and they become terrified. Patches is doing the same thing to Lucy.
Lucy cannot be outside when Patches is outside, and she can't be inside when Patches is inside. So, they've been having to switch them back and forth so that each can have both inside and outside time. My sister and her husband are in their late 70's and she is disabled, so this is a lot of work and trouble for them. PLUS Patches, even though she is 12 years old, can quickly scoot inside or outside when the door is opened before they can stop her. She immediately goes for Lucy if she is anywhere near her.
They may have to find another home for Lucy where she doesn't have to deal with another female cat. Patches has never behaved like this before, but they've not had other female cats before. Right now, they don't know what to do because they've grown attached to Lucy. She is so sweet and loving, and a lap cat. Of course this drives Patches crazy. I don't know why it is so hard for female cats to get along. I have three male cats, and they are all very loving towards each other. My 4 year old male adores my 17 year old male, and they often nap in the same bed. My girl, Jade, is a She-Devil around the other two girls. Actually, she doesn't care much for the boys either, but they are all larger than her, so she doesn't bother them.
Anyway, I am hoping that Patches will soon accept Lucy. We'll have to see how this turns out.
Have a GREAT FRIDAY!