How can I make kitty jail easier for my cats?
September 17, 2012 6:03 PM Subscribe
How do I keep my cats calm while separated and waiting to reintroduce them?
posted by MaritaCov to pets & animals (6 answers total)
I have two six-ish year old cats who have lived with me for just over 5 years. Keke and Linny were best buds until this weekend. Three days ago a mouse came into our apartment and while they were hunting Keke managed to accidentally scare the pants off Linny. Now Linny freaks out when she sees Keke and Keke is responding by poofing up and hissing back. They've been separated for two days and being locked up in their respective rooms is driving them batty. They're very clingy to me and I can't be in both rooms at once, obviously. This afternoon they both started howling and scratching under the doors like maniacs. I don't think they're howling at each other, but they're already on opposite side of our home and can't get any further apart even if they are. I already have Feliway diffusers running. Can I let them roam the living area one at a time or should I definitely be keeping each one in their own room at all times? Is the anxiety of being alone in their rooms going to counteract any calming benefit of being separated? Are there any tricks to keeping them happy during the next 24 hours?
Bonus question: Tomorrow we're going to start reintroducing them with a baby gate between them and their favorite foods. If Linny freaks out do we completely start the process over with another three day quarantine?