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24 August 2008 @ 12:12 pm
bad kittie(s)  
Last night, both cats were hanging out by the open door / screen door, when I heard fighting. I don't know whether Boo did anything first, but Charybdis was attacking Boo when I got there, and they were both being very loud.

Boo has been more affectionate with me lately than he used to be. I wonder if she is jealous.

I got the squirt bottle and chased them into the bedroom, but squirting her wasn't slowing her down much, so I wound up throwing the bottle at her. I broke the bottle, and finally squeezed water all over her with it. Boo ran off, and I shut her in the bedroom for a bit.

I later herded her into the bathroom and went to bed. The kitty door in the bathroom door was locked, but she got out anyway by morning. She seemed fine again until Boo tried to walk past. She ran after him, knocking over my laptop. I threw something between them to break it up, then chased her and threw clothing over her, finally getting her back into the bedroom.

I taped over the cat door... maybe it'll work for now, and I got her back into the bathroom.

They've lived together for years now. I'm rather confused.

Edit: That tape didn't hold for long.
Current Mood: confusedconfused
Laurel Amberdineamberdine on August 24th, 2008 10:36 pm (UTC)
Is it possible that a strange cat could have been audible outside or nearby? That's usually what sets off spontaneous fighting like that -- cat A hears an unfamiliar cat, gets scared, and then sees familiar cat B and attacks in confusion. Cat B fights back (naturally), and then they're all upset with each other.

Unfortunately, I've forgotten what you're supposed to do to settle them down. Keep them separated for a while, and then gradual reintroduction, as if they were new cats, I think.

Silly animals. :-/
ashi: limon!ashi on August 24th, 2008 10:41 pm (UTC)
Ooh, that reminds me of a while back when there was a strange cat outside the window and they fought a bit. They were both near the screen door this time, so there could have been a cat ouside.

Last time though they definitely didn't fight the next day.

They are separated. A few screws in the cat door will keep it closed for now. Maybe later I'll put Boo in the big cat carrier for a while and let Charybdis out again for a while.