Just wanted to quickly say that I agree with di and bob - I think the fact that no actual fight occurred is a positive thing! That said, I'm no expert in this so I'll leave it to the other experts to weigh in, but from what I've learned from the folks on here, it's not ruined at all!di and bob thank you, that certainly helps me feel a bit better. I did find a cat behaviorist a couple weeks ago who is a few hours from me but offers video consultations. I'm thinking about it because I want to give them every chance I can.
I was watching them a bit more this evening and I'm almost starting to wonder if Summer sees the gate as kind of a game for her sometimes? For a few hours now she has completely ignored leafy at the gate, but now for a few times she has run up and then promptly crouched around this corner. I can't figure out if she is truly being mean and territorial or what this is?
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P.S. ignore the mess everything is in upheaval right now.