Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Will It Ever End!?

Zelda keeps creeping up to the space under the door. It would be fine if they calmly sniffed each other out. But in spite of the fact that they only have a 1&1/2 inch gap under the door, it leads to what sounds like a snarly little cat fight. At first Ezzabella stayed away from the door, but lately, after I have gotten Zelda to back away from the door, I see her little black nose, peaking through.

After doing a little research I came to the conclusion that starting out by keeping Ezzabella in a separate room is the right thing to do. In-spite of the fact that Ezzabella might be stronger, younger, and wilder, she has always been fearful of Zelda. Last summer if Ezzabella was walking through the back yard, Zelda would chase her. I don't know how this will work out in the end. I have no idea if this wayward little cat had any social experiences with other cats. All I know is  being a stray and surviving on her own for 10 months, perhaps made her very skid-dish and a bit feral.  And when I found Zelda years ago, she was one of those undernourished cats that roamed the village. Perhaps she had bad experiences with other cats, so she was never properly socialized. Zelda is jealous, territorial, and she don't want to share. She often creeps over to the door, like she is stocking her prey. And with me yelling at her to keep away. perhaps I'm causing more fear and resentment for her. Recently I let her alone, as I thought maybe I should let them sniff each other out? But within a few minutes all that outrageous snarling and yowling started, so I had to chase her away from the door. I'm counting the days to march 4th when Ezzabella is to get spayed. And now I fear she's starting to look pregnant?

As I was surfing the net yesterday I discovered a product called Feliway. It's pheromones for cats. It's supposed to calm them down and make them more accepting of each other. I'm wondering if it might work to calm these cats down. I know that in-spite of Zelda's bullying, she is really driven by fear. And Ezzabella is driven by fear and defending herself, because Zelda wants her gone.

Comfort Zone Feliway For Cats

I would appreciate opinions and comments from anyone who might of tried Feliway.


Admiral Hestorb said...

I understand it works well for some and not for others. I have heard both consistently. BUT it has to be near them, and it won't work say, a room away. Collar might be a better idea. Do you use a spray bottle of water for warning Zelda?

Boo-Bah said...

I got to thinking maybe you could find some helpful advice on how to speed up the adjusting to each other from a shelter. I know our local humane society used to have advice on their website.
Yelling might make it worse. Years ago we lived in the country where mice would get into our house. I would scream so much I make my cats afraid of them. Everytime they saw one they would run and hide.

KrafteKat said...

There are different packaging for this product. One you just spray in the air. Another you can plug in and it diffuses in the air. I don't think I need a vet to purchase it. I will do more research and think on this for awhile?

Thank you both for stopping by I appreciate your opinions and comments.

Jan's Funny Farm said...

Some of the blogs have used Fellway. Daisy the Curly Cat comes to mind because that's where we first heard of it. Her mom recommends it but we've never tried it.


Purrfect Haven said...

Thank you for visiting us. We appreciated you popping by. We found that if you use a blanket and let one have it to lie on and play on (get them to roll on it) and then take it to the other one and do the same (maybe there will be snarling at the blanket initially) and then after blending scents gradually keep introducing them through the scented blanket, it might help? Love Darcy, Bingley and Helen xxx

lokithecat said...

I wish I can help but I'm not familiar with the product.

The Lee County Clowder said...

We've never used any of these products, so we can't tell you anything useful about them.

About all we can suggest is letting Zalda and Ezzabella meet under controlled conditions for a bit longer every day. If there is no obvious blood or abuse, let them work things out for themselves. Eventually, Zelda will realize that Ezzabella is now part of the house, and will make adjustments. Just try to make sure both have a safe place, and that both get some private 'me' time with you.