Thanks! Once again, I somehow stopped receiving notices of posts on this thread, so I tried to go back now and refresh my memory a bit.
That is fantastic, G GHsaltie ....So tonight at dinner I did the same, she finished her supper, briefly focused on Leaf so I put a light block (just my leg so she still has easy access if she really wanted). You know what she did? She turned AWAY and instead chirped at me and rubbed on me asking for pets. I gave her some scritches and paused to see what she'd do. She still had her back to Leafy and was relatively uninterested so I gave her a treat and ended things at that point, didn't want to push my luck. Sorry for the run on, I'm just so excited by how well she did!
Especially the part about "just how much 'animosity' there really still is"?Are you swapping locations now? Not just you and your husband, but also switching what side of the gate the cats are on, so they have a chance to roam about the area where the other cat has been. I still wasn't clear about that.
How about hissing and growling - still going on? Does Leafy still always run away from the gate if Summer runs to the gate? These last two incidences where you mention Leafy hanging out close to the gate, what does Summer do? I guess I am beginning to wonder just how much 'animosity' there really still is.
This is excellent.. G GHsaltie ....For a couple minutes I played with Leaf and Summer actually laid down on her side watching. Although I'm not sure how much of this was because she is still reluctant to move a lot in the harness. This lasted maybe 3-4 minutes? And then Summer got up and reached out trying to touch Leafs tail (Leaf had her back to Summer). This made Leaf spin around and back up and then Summer hissed briefly and crouched down. At that point we defused i with a toy and my husband drew Summer back to him with a treat (he didn't give right away just used it to to gain some distance between them).
We let them be for another short minute just to look at each other and once they were both settled we gave a couple more treats and ended the session.
Great advice from di and bob.I would do exactly that. I would encourage closer contact too, like nose touching and seeing what happens. If they hiss and swat, well that is normal. I see exactly NO signs of hostility or aggression. Keeping Summer harnessed is a good idea. You might try a little playtime too with them both harnessed and in the same room, they need to see other actions from each other rather than just slow movements. They are very aware of each other and are keeping a very close eye on each other, but I think you have come a long way!
Fantastic video !! So wonderful to see.Here's another update for you guys, and a question for the next step. We've been doing sessions usually once or twice a week for average 20-30 minutes at a time. No where as frequently as I'd like but work life for both of us is leaving us exhausted. I will let the videos do most of the talking because it shows, hopefully, pretty clearly where we are at. Leafy was a lot more antsy than normal because it was right before supper and her patience was growing thin. I had four videos and because of some stupid thing with youtube it was turning them into shorts which wouldn't upload. So the first video has a transition at 0.56. The second video transitions at 0.9 and also loops once. The only thing I will note is that directly after the third video,the 8 second one, Summer crept one paw out and touched Leafs tail kind of like in the last update, but it really looked like one of those investigative pokes. One small hiss from Leaf but it was very quiet and then she hopped away, Summer just watched unfazed.
Wow. I cannot believe that they don't bother each other...at all when eating.This session was 15 minutes and they ate together like normal.
Yes, definitely go for it.So my question, whats the next step? I feel like they are ready for more. I was thinking about letting Leafy wander around the room with Summer harnessed since she's more likely to cause an issue, what do you guys think? Also a picture of Summer being cute and letting me cuddle her. I love her one-sided mustache
This really sounds like Play.We had another session this evening. We tried to let them be more natural and move about if they wanted to. Leafy would play a little bit but Summer didn't care to. For the most part we were good, Summer was a bit.. pushy? She kept creeping closer and closer and I could tell it was making Leafy a bit nervous. At one point they were actually quite close, maybe two feet away? They both got very tense and Summer lowered her head, like they do when stalking prey, and then Leaf backed up and walked away.
Sounds good.Towards the end we did have a spat. Leaf was sitting next to the couch and Summer lunged out, they both hissed and swatted and then separated. We let them calm down for a couple minutes and once they seemed to be a little less tense they both started getting pets and a couple treats again. Waited another 5-6 minutes and then ended the session.
Good thinking about leaving the harness on Summer...until she completely calms down.Summer was okay but definitely more tense than normally after a session. She swatted at my husband when he took the leash off so we left the harness until she came to us and cuddled on the couch which was only a couple minutes later. Leaf is fine as far as I can tell.
Hi G GHsaltie ...I realized late last night...that I gave you some terrible advice.
I would not give treats...so close in time of the spat...but more like...after the 5-6 minutes...and end the session with treats...when everyone is calm.