Tigger is doing so well! She (and I) moved into the guest room for her second night – I am too old to be sleeping on the floor! She slept beside me all night. She was definitely ready to be out in the rest of the house, when I got up to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night, she marched right along with me.
So, in the morning, we opened her door (it’s a great room, as it has a screen door, so the cats could all see each other that way. Sadly, it is no longer cat free for our allergic guests, but we can clean it thoroughly once this period of our lives is over.) She headed right out, only to cause hate and discontent with Allie and Zumba. They hissed and ran for cover. Mind you, she is barely half their size, and was not charging them or anything. Just peeking around corners and inching her way into the house.
So yesterday was a day of hiding, hissing and spitting, on the part of Zumba, for sure, and Allie a little bit less so. Tigger really wanted to leave, crying at all the doors. But then she settled down and went back into her room and took a nap.
Last night, we left her door open and I slept in my own bed. I was awoken around 10:30 by a piteous cry. I found Tigger standing in the middle of the living room, no other cats around. I think it was a case of she woke up and didn’t know where I was. So, I carried her into our bedroom, where Allie was sleeping in her basket, and put Tigger on the bed. She got up and down a few times, but spent the night curled up by A’s feet. Allie was unimpressed and quietly left the room.
Meanwhile in Zumba land – Zumba has moved up into the loft and rarely comes down. When she does venture down, it is very scary for her, and so she hisses and spits at everything. I finally moved a cat box, food and water up there, so if she doesn’t want to come down, she doesn’t have to. We now have cat boxes food and water on every level, so no one gets trapped away from sustenance. Not my first choice on how things should be, for sure!
Today I gave both Allie and Zumba the homeopathic anxiety meds (probably should have thought of that some time ago) and they are both slightly more calm. Still very standoffish, but Zumba has ventured downstairs a few times. Since Tigger is sleeping quietly in the guest room, that went well. I am awfully glad I am home for this week of transition!
I have some errands to do today, I think I will just shut Tigger’s door, so Allie and Zumba can relax a bit. The only hard part of this really, is that Tigger’s room looks out over the cellar door (where the cat boxes are) and the guest bathroom (where the cat food and water are) so Allie and Zumba need to get over their irrational fear of this little cat. I hope they do soon so cat boxes and food can go back to normal spaces!