One reason I haven't been blogging is that I've been trying to establish peace between our feuding cats. What we have here is a classic case of redirected aggression. One of our indoor cats (Luis) get really aggressive when he sees the neighbor's cat sauntering under our front window and takes it out on his brother, The Count. Usually, one fight, and peace is restored.
Unfortunately, that hasn't been the case this week. The Neighbor Cat was seen on Monday morning. Monday afternoon, there was another pitched battle (and let me tell you, if you haven't experienced a full-on cat fight in your own home? Consider yourself lucky.) I think part of the problem was that Luis cornered the Count in a small space in the afternoon and he had a hard time getting away.
I did my research (because hey, that's what us historical writer types do) and separated them over night, shutting Luis in the laundry room with water and a litter box.
Alas, when I let him out yesterday, another fight ensued, so I kept the cats separated all day and again at night, alternating where they were, so that they would get used to the other's scent.
Unfortunately, the aggressive behavior is continuing. This morning The Count was in our bedroom with the door closed. Luis was at the door, so I opened it just a little. Hissing and howling from both began, so I closed the door.
According to sources on the web, this could go on for...months. I really hope not!