Brawls between Molly and Peanut are getting worse. Yesterday she sat on my lap and was fine watching all of the cats roam around her. Today she ran into Peanut unexpectedly which set off a whole new round of brawls. Molly is so tense right now. Usually I can try to pet her to calm her a little, but tonite she lunged at me. I went through this once before with a stray that ended with me getting hurt and 2 of my cats becoming terrified. I don't want that to happen again. I'm so upset - I just want to cry. I don't know if they will ever get along. It seems that the one bad encounter that started this a week ago has set Molly's mind that she won't ever like Peanut. I want to keep her as part of this family. We really love her, but I can't keep her if this is the way the family is going to be. It's too tense for all my cats. I've even found them fighting more than usual and they never fight. It's not healthy for any of them right now. I have someone who would take her in if need be, but I'm not sure if I can part with her or how long I should wait to make that decision. I have separated them again to give them all time to calm down, but I am so afraid. It's the same every single time I put her and Peanut together. Her eyes get big, she tenses, then runs. Peanut immediately runs after her and the screaming starts. How can I stop this behavior? Should I consider parting with her for the sake of the health and well being of my other babies?
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2/22/06 at 7:14pm