I thought I would also take the opportunity to give a little update on Sassy. For any new readers who don’t know her background story, Sassy joined our family back in November of last year. She was a stray that we rescued at our old apartment complex. Unfortunately, she tested positive for FIV. While FIV+ kitties can live with non-FIV kitties just fine, but Sassy doesn’t like other cats and is aggressive towards them. Seeing as FIV is passed through biting, she has had to be kept separate. She doesn’t mind it though – she gets the whole upstairs of the house to herself. Luckily for her, that’s where our bedroom is, so she gets to sleep with us most nights (we do have “Four Kitty Nights” when we block off our bedroom and let the other kitties in so they have a chance to snuggle at night some too).
Anyway, we have tried to work with Sassy on her aggressiveness in hopes that she will eventually be able to coexist with the others. We haven’t had much success so far though. I will admit that I haven’t been trying all that hard recently because we had a little scare with Sampson and Sassy a few months ago when we thought she had bitten him. I got discouraged and just about gave up on the idea that she could ever coexist with the others, but then a couple of weeks ago something wonderful happened. I carried Sophie with me into the bedroom where Sassy was, and Sassy didn’t hiss or growl or anything! She was laying on the bed, looked up and saw Sophie in my arms, and then just looked back out the window. I didn’t put Sophie down or let them interact at all, but the fact that Sassy didn’t react to Sophie’s presence is a pretty big deal. I am going to take this as a good sign that Sassy is getting used to the idea of having other kitties around and will be working with her again.
If anyone has any advice on the situation, I would love to hear your input. I have tried scent swapping and feeding on opposite sides of the door. I have also tried putting Sampson in a carrier and bringing him into Sassy’s area so she could sniff him and see him without actually being able to get to him. I want so badly for Sassy to be able to be with the other kitties. She seems happy having the upstairs to herself, but she doesn’t know what she’s missing. The others have so much fun playing with and loving on each other, and I hate that she doesn’t get to experience that. I wish that I could explain it to her and she would understand.
Until then, I will just keep on loving on her!