Long time since I've been here!
I now have 3 cats...2 I adopted from my vet's office and another one I took in back in February. My two, Tippy and Chloe, get along famously. The new one doesn't get along with either one.
Chessie , the newcomer, was an abandoned cat (don't know how long) and a lady who lives in an apt. bldg took pity on her and fed her now and then. The lady finally put an ad on CL and said if no one took her, she'd be making a trip to the shelter. My friend Jaine, who saw the ad, told the woman to bring the cat over. I meet with her and some other ladies once a week to sew, so I saw Chessie shortly thereafter.
She was tiny, much smaller than my two well-fed spoiled furbags! Very vocal, wary, but somewhat friendly. I fell in love. How could someone abandon/lose this sweet face? Talk about skinny! You could feel her bones. Jaine said she'd been feeding her and she gobbled it up, but her stools were loose. To top it all, she was declawed on all four paws.
Of course I ended up bringing her home about a week or two later. First stop the vet. She weighed a measly 6 pounds, and she was hyperthyroid, to boot. Vet estimated her age at 8-10 years old. She was in good shape otherwise, which was surprising to me.
Anyway, I settled her in my sewing room and we were off to the races.
She's doing much better with her daily meds, and eats like a small pig! However, since Feb. 11, she has yet to leave the room unless I pick her up and take her out, or she walks out when I arrive with food. The other exception is when she terrorizes the other two. She growls, hisses, and lunges at them. No one has ever threatened her, much less hissed or growled at her. Let me tell you, there have been some blood- curdling caterwauling going on, all her noises. The other two just sit and look, eyes agog.
It's strange that she has no interest whatsoever in any cat toys, none! It's like she doesn't know how to play. Not even the laser light. She sleeps on a small rug on top of my cutting table and that's it. I wonder if she will ever socialize with us.
My husband said that we don't know what she's been through or for how long, maybe she just wants peace and quiet and we should be patient.
Last week I had her in my arms and something spooked her. She clamped down on my arm, right above the elbow, where the skin is very tender. I felt like I had to shake her off. Boy, did that hurt.
So, do you think I should continue the status quo? I don't see any alternative. She doesn't want to be pushed, but I don't want to be bitten again! Plus, I can't see her spending her life in the sewing room. There is plenty of room in the house for everyone to live peacefully.