Develop a Strategy

The peace in our house is broken. But we have a plan.

Ever since Jazzy came back from the veterinarian's office after a dental treatment, the fragile peace and companionship between the cats at home has been shattered. Mater (as in "Ter-mater," but without the "Ter") and Jazzy previously enjoyed each other's company -- at least a little. Now Mater keeps trying to attack Jazzy. On several occasions, the cats have demonstrated their current mutual dislike for one another, with flailing claws and intimidating growling and loud-pitched yowling. It is NOT a good idea to get in between two angry felines. Trust me.

Yikes! I miss the good 'ole days when the cats were 99% silky and 1% sharp.

For weeks now we have tried various methods to dissuade the two from fighting or growling. We're making progress.

The cats are going through a slow process now of getting used to the smell and presence of one another in the house once again. When they have supervised time together, we alternate confining one in a carrier so no one gets scratched. When they aren't supervised, they must be in separate, securely closed rooms. This strategy is working so far. Until pouncing and growling subside significantly, we can't leave them loose together.

As it is important to develop a strategy for living in peace with two cats, it is important to develop a strategy for tackling other problems we encounter.

The strategies we used in the past may no longer work. Develop new strategies. Change with the challenges. Get expert advice, if need be. Find what works.

Don't let problems defeat you or detour you from your goals. Find something you can do and give it a try. Do it now.

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