I’m babysitting my daughter’s pug Waffles while she’s off visiting her brother and then studying abroad in Paris and Rome. I have him under my wing until August when she moves to Arizona and takes Waffles with her. He’s a sweet little guy without much fuss or muss, most of the time.
But, we also have Olive. Olive is a seven-year-old cat, who looks suspiciously like a Maine Coone. When my daughter was a sophomore in high school, my daughter adopted the young kitty from the Palm Springs Animal Shelter. Olive has become my cat and I’m pretty attached. She’s a pretty lame hunter, and mostly goes after worms and bugs.
The problem is Waffles and Olive don’t get along. Waffles is not quite two years old and likes to chase. Olive used to run. Then Olive would stay outside and wouldn’t come back until Waffles left. It wasn’t a long time, like a week of being an outdoor cat, while our daughter was home for Christmas or Spring Break. But now it’s going to be three months. I don’t want Olive to run away for good.
Olive has changed her behavior to hissing and whacking at Waff. But it doesn’t intimidate Waffles at all and he gets quite growly and barky. He has a big personality and gets right in her face. It escalates quickly and gets noisy and rough. I don’t understand why they just can’t get along.
Do you have any advice for getting a seven-year-old cat and two-year-old pug to become friends?
give them both some private space and time. Hopefully they will work their way into an understanding. Don’t know if you like using homeopathic remedies (I do, and find them useful, despite my conventional medical education) At any rate, the Bach Flower Remedies has one called rescue remedy. Its available in a non-alcoholic form for pets and kids. Put a few drops in their water bowls and it often helps to deescalate things. One of the things I like about them is that they are basically the energy imprint of the original substance, so they tend to mesh easily with the taker’s energy, and they don’t interact with medications or other substances. I’ve used it successfully with my cats over the years, for all the “little traumas” of life.
Thank you for the advice. I have a “safe space” for the cat in our bedroom, while the pug has the run of the house. However, he pushes through our bedroom door and it all breaks loose. I will look into your homeopathic remedy. Thank you!
Cuties. Hopefully they’ll get along eventually
Me too! Hopefully sooner rather than later.