2 feuding cats: tiny apartment
I live in a two-story loft apartment. There are no inner doors except to a bathroom and 2 closets. Toby, a 2 year-old neutered tom, and I have lived together for 2.5 years now. Three months ago Blakesley, a neighbor's loving spayed queen of the same age, came to live with us. She couldn't get a room of her own as she got used to my place but I've watched both cats very carefully to see that Toby didn't attack her.
While he's never shown any agression Blake has turned into a terror. She hates even the sound of Toby's footsteps. The other night she woke me up by cuddling near my face. Toby came upstairs as I drifted back to sleep. At his mere footfalls, even before she could see him, she hissed and leapt away. She scratched my eyes in the process.
She hisses and yowls at the mere sight of him, lashing out with claws if he gets too close. He doesn't want to, but if she's at a traffic choke point in the apartment he has little choice. Blakesley used to spend most of her time in "her corner" upstairs where my office also is. Now she's coming out more and more. On the one hand this is good to see, but on the other hand she's terrorizing Toby so that he's afraid to come over and spend time with me the way he used to. My office area is one of his favorite places in the apartment and it's been days since he's come over. Instead, he's been cowering in his "man cave" downstairs all day long for several days.
When Toby came to live with me, he didn't know what mistreatment was. He was open and loving and knew no fear. Now he's nervous, jumpy, and lonely in his man cave because I have to spend more time at work in the 'office' than near his man cave. What can I do about this?
I"m willing to do anything because I'm certain that the SPCA would euthanize Blake if she went but I can't let these two cats live in such fear of each other. I'd be so grateful for any help!