Originally Posted by susan davis
For now I'd just feed mama cat in another room. That should stop the attacks. Just prevent them. After a month or so, when the kitten and the cat are more relaxed you can try again. Poor Dorothy! The other thing you could do to protect Dorothy and yet have the cat around is buy a playpen/exercise pen and buy one with a cover. Put the cat in there when you feed mama. meantime, no treats or food allowed when mama cat is around.
Yeah, that's pretty much what I'm doing. It's really the only solution right now. And I realize it's still early days. But it breaks my heart knowing Dorothy is afraid in her own home.
Today Dorothy was at the back door looking through the glass so I would let her back in from her pee. The cat ran over and starting "fighting" her through the glass. Not my best moment but I went over and tapped the cat on her butt (literally a tap) and told her a stern "NO!" and made her leave the area.
I feel for the cat, I do. Because, let's face it, something in her history is making her act this way. But I have to keep them BOTH save and secure and happy.
We have always had cats but they have always come with zero issues - even the two other ferals I have had over the years. Dogs I understand and pretty much every dog I have ever had came with issues. And because I understand dogs it was easy for me to help them overcome their issues. But cats? Pfftt.....they are much harder, IMO.