MultiCat Household: Keeping the Peace
I have talked about the shelves in our living room before. Here is another version of the story. Bruce and Mittens were surrendered to me after I boarded them for two years. Almost immediately after Bruce developed an expensive and difficult condition: eye herpes…..It had probably laid dormant but there was no way for the previous owner or me to know that. So it took a bit but I finally found a vet who knew the best treatment to put it in remission. However, stress could cause it to flare up again. Bruce is a fairly timid cat and so I figured giving her [yes Bruce is a girl] some escape space would be good..
Jackson Galaxy of Animal Planet recommended that making extra spaces, especially high shelves, reduce stress and tension in a multicat household. Almost three years ago my husband built shelves across the living room with Bruce in mind. We wanted to make space for cats to spread out to reduce any stress Bruce might feel. . Immediately the male cats made it a play ground. They played so hard we carpeted the shelves to prevent accidents. After three years, guess what happened in 2017? For the first time Bruce started using the shelves. She goes up there at the crack of dawn when other cats are busy eating and cleaning. Don’t ask me! I am not up that early. My husband took the photos.
Bruce on highest shelf near the ceiling