“We” had a very stressful day yesterday with Sirocco. As near as I can figure, she was startled while on her usual perch on the goodie table which set her off after Nugget. I got that under control and gave her some “time out” then let her out again, but she obviously wasn’t ready. More later, I think, on feline aggression. It can be very frightening as people tend to view their little carnivores as ‘people,’ when in fact they are — ummm — OKAY! I’m just going to say it: “THEY ARE ANIMALS!” And though domesticated, the cat is a bit of an ‘exotic’ animal operating on instinct, survival, scent, etc, and they can be as skittish as a horse! Misplaced aggression is even more difficult for people to understand. “All I did was step on Fluffy’s tail, I don’t understand why she proceeded to beat the hell out of my other three cats? Fluffy is SO sweet, she wouldn’t hurt a fly!” WRONG! Misplaced aggression is common among cats. In some cases it can takes weeks or months–sometimes never–for that particular aggression or fear to fade in any given cat.
WAIT! I wasn’t going to write that article today!! What am I thinking? I have chores to do. Just one more thing. The above scenario, common in neutered/spayed cats, is volatile in breeding cats.
SO, I decided it was time to set up Sirocco’s nursery. I had visions of it being upstairs for at least a week or two, but I’m rethinking that plan since the bedroom is a huge hangout for the other cats. I have set up her nursery a bit early in the downstairs bath. This morning she is much better, but still obviously distrusts the other cats. She seems to feel pretty good in her new home as you can see. Of course as she calms down she will be allowed out.
In general both girls are doing very well. Sahara is just as serene as she can be–famous last words, I suspect. She’s most likely saving her psychotic episodes for later. At times like this, I realize what a ‘Dream Queen’ Tiny Bear was. She spoiled me rotten!