Mr Mutant & I are moving home soon, decamping to a larger home in the suburbs. We have what appears to us to be a complicated cat family strategy and need advice as follows.
, fixed sisters, about five years old, have lived with us since they were kittens. They have only known one home, our current flat.
, a fixed stray that adopted us last winter when Mutant saw him in the snow and started feeding the cat, has lived with us full time since June 2012. He'll be moving too.
Complications? The two sisters have been acting aggressive towards Tom Tom ever since he adopted us. He is the largest cat in the household but rather runs under the sink than fight. They appear to have developed an upstairs / downstairs tense peace, where Tom Tom rules the lower floors of our existing flat and the two sisters stay upstairs as often as possible although we do try to feed all cats in the same room.
We are hoping to move them all in one go and we are looking for advice on how to get maximum kitty bonding in the new house and hopefully resolve the tension/agression we assume is territorial. Options under discussion include:
1) Putting all three cats in one room and letting them bond over a common problem (new digs); this is Mr Mutant's favourite but may end in tears if not implemented right?
2) Re-establishing the upstairs / downstairs division and hoping they bond over the common problem. That would not be preferable
3) Just dropping them off in the lobby of new home and letting them find their own peace but it is probably better to gradually extend their territory.
Any other ideas/advice? They do not seem to respond to Feliway but I will have a go with that in the new house anyway. All of the cats are indoor only. Thanks in advance.