Edward is young (three in July).
Sukey is neurotic (high strung, they say politely at the vet).
When Edward wants to play (jump, wrestle, chase) with Sukey, she growls and hisses and swats and screams like a rabbit if he’s persistent. Twice in the past two weeks he’s chased her through the house and cornered her, and when that’s happened she’s left fight-or-flight wee on the floor.
When it gets that bad between them closing off one or the other in my bedroom (with food and water and litter) seems to calm things down for a while (Sukey hides in the couch: she’s loosened the back panel of fabric so she can go right under the springs). I can also keep Sukey in the bedroom with me at night–the first time I did that they were both pouty in the morning. On the other hand, Edward has learned Sally’s trick of banging the blinds against the window at 4am for brekfest, so I felt like a champ-een for sleeping ’til six.
When Sukey was young and would jump on Sally, I’d have to put her in Time Out (ie the bathroom) for a while until her brain reset. Unfortunately Sukey doesn’t have Sally’s imperturbability, so when Edward jumps on her she’s all GOTHS! VANDALS! FALL OF ROME!!! which I think makes Edward lose his mind a bit too. He would probably be a mighty hunter if he weren’t doomed to domesticity. His previous home had kids and dogs so we’re probably pretty boring.
So…does this kind of thing pass eventually? I don’t really want to get Edward an age-mate to play with, because I have a small house and three cats would be A Lot. I’m sure Edward can use more exercise (he loves the laser pointer) but I don’t want him to associate jumping-on-Sukey with time-for-fun. I’ve heard Feliway can calm cats down, has anyone used it?
It is also possible that I am overthinking all of this and everything will be fine. What do you think?