- 5 years ago
- Wedding: August 2014
I recently moved back in with my father – a descision I’m actually quite content with. Fiance and I still don’t live in the same country, and I’m a full-time student all year round… plus it’s giving me the chance to save and plan for my wedding, which is cool. The other option was dorm living and – no. Just no. Not at 25 years old.
My father has two cats, one is almost 17 years old, the other is about 13. They aren’t the kind of cats that groom each other or sleep together, but they get on with each other well and play together ocassionally.
I have a massive, two year old calico named Cake. When I adopted her, they told me she didn’t get along with other cats well, and since at the time I wasn’t anticipating having to move in with some in the near future, I didn’t worry about it. Also, when she was with other cats at the adoption center, she was not agressive or concerned about them as far as I could tell.
I was nervous about this still, though, when my father moved his cats into the apartment. I was genuinely expecting my cat to be the “bully”, she’s as heavy as the other two put together, and still has her claws. Initially, all she really did was hiss, hide behind me, and not want to be around them. That was fine, since it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be.
After about a month, though, there has still been no improvement. My cat spends almost her entire day on my side of the apartment, and only ventures out when I am home. Otherwise she hides under my bed. There was been a little bit of escalation sometimes when she feels threatened or cornered – she’ll lash out, but never with her claws. I think, really, she just wants to be left alone with her human.
Will this get any better? Does anyone have any experience integrating “pet households”? Is it okay if we just keep them seperated, or will that make it worse?