I just found this web site and I am very excited to read, learn, and share about cats.
I currently have three cats: Skweeky (because she squeaked when I got her), 9 yrs old, black, short-hair, domestic female; Callie (because she's a Calico), 1 yr old, rescued from the shelter, and Rocky, a huge, snow-shoe, male cat whoâ€™s been staying with me and my boyfriend for the past two months.
Skweeky and Rocky are NOT getting along. Skweeky is terrified of him. She's always been a very skittish cat. She doesn't like strangers. She is terrified of being held, she gets so upset when I try to take her anywhere outside the house that is has seizures. She doesn't have epilepsy, its just anxiety. She even runs from me when I walk around the house. She wants attention and love, though. When the house is quiet and everyone is settled down, she'll come out of her hiding place and wants to be petted (but as soon as I try to pick her up she goes rigid and wants to get away).
She had a little trouble adjusting to Callie, but because Callie was a kitten, they are ok now (no real affection though).
With Rocky, its another story. He's about twice as big as her with big teeth (he's de-clawed in the front, which is a plus in this situation). Skweeky lost weight and started going to the bathroom in the living room because she was too afraid to come out from behind the chair. I had to move her litter box and food back there.
She stays behind the chair all the time now and when Rocky gets near she hisses and growls and attacks him. But because she's so much smaller then him (now more then before) she retreats very quickly and Rocky chases her. Whenever she does come out, Rocky waits for her and attacks her. She has some small bite marks on her neck and shoulders.
And now, Rocky has found her food behind the chair and chases Skweeky away from there and eats her food.
I don't know what to do. My boyfriend and I are getting married sometime in the future and will be moving in into a new house soon (with all the cats). I don't want to get rid of anyone and I don't want to start giving the cats prescription medications.
Does anyone have any suggestions?