- May 5, 2021
I'm sorry I forgot to answer your question. Sapphire is completely normal when she's in her bed. Doesn't look scared at all. Sometimes I think she looks sad but that's just probably me overthinking. Usually she's either curled up or laying down with her paws hanging over the edge, grooming herself or looking out the window."Thank you! I'm glad you helped clear up some of my fears of aggression." - You are welcome. I am so glad that I could maybe explain the actions better to allow them to be interpreted.
" I never intended to actually get him going for her on video but I'm glad I did." - Agreed, sometimes we get lucky.
"Just a quick update or lack of update I should say." - Hahahaha, ok
" Sapphire has been coming to the stairs almost every morning and evening now." - GREAT!!!!
"She doesn't have the courage or desire at least to come down the stairs " - Not yet
"but she will come sit at the top for a few minutes, watch Fluffy, and then go back to bed." - Great. How is her body language when she goes back to bed?
"One night she was already downstairs on her cat tree and she calmly watched Fluffy eat before jumping down and going up to nap." - TERRIFIC!! How was her body language as she went to nap?
"Fluffy gets SO excited when he sees her." - Awwwww, I know. :/ He so wants to be close to her.
" His tail shoots straight up into the air" - Tail straight up is confidence.
" and he starts meowing like crazy." - Awwwwwwwww
" He will either come and sit at the foot of the stairs with me and they watch eachother, or he will sit in the living room and they watch eachother from there." - Awwwwww, he wants a sign from her
" I've had a bit of luck getting him to play when she's on the stairs," - GREAT!!!! How does she react?
" but he really likes to play in the cat tunnel on the floor and the loud crinkling sound it makes when he runs through tends to scare Sapphire." - Yep and the "ambush" aspect of it.
"Although it's unrelated, I've noticed Fluffy is now much more playful in the morning and less at night." - Interesting
" It does make it a bit difficult to tire him out but so far doesn't seem to be causing problems. " - Yes, though he is probably tough to tire him out otherwise as well. :/ Great it is not causing problems.
Another great update. I love it. Keep doing what you are doing and just act normal around them. It is working!!!
All is still going the same as before. Sapphire will the odd time come to the top of the stairs but typically that's as far as she goes. Once she came down and stuck her head through the bannister while Fluffy was off at another part of the house but started to panic hiss and growl when he got close and he got into his sneaky playful stance and started towards her pretty fast.
I'd say that when Fluffy is out and about downstairs, Sapphire is spending around 95% of the time upstairs. I do believe that he is the reason and she would rather just not get involved (vs actually being scared) since she'll usually come down once she knows he's not there, but we will see.
Here is a picture of sapphire peaking to watch him.