Four cats, one gets picked on
Hi. I am new here, and I was just wondering what would be the best way to go about this.
We have four cats. Two males, Charlie, an orange tabby short hair who is 4, and Doug, a white and orange Maine Coon who is not quite 3, and two females, Cole, a short haired tuxedo, and Brenna, a black and white long haired, both females are 10.
Our problem is Brenna. She has never gotten along with any of the other cats, except for Cole, who was here before she was. The boys especially pick on her, and won't let her in to use the litterboxes and eat out of their food bowls. We also have two dogs, but they aren't the problem at all. Brenna likes the dogs.
For the past year, Brenna has had her own room. She is allowed out, but is allowed to go back into her room whenever she wants. However, having a whole room for one cat is not practical, and we will someday need to use that room again.
In her room is her two litterboxes, and her own food and water bowls, cat scratchers and two (human-twin sized) beds. Plus a window.
What I was thinking, was installing an electronic cat door on a closet, and only putting a sensor on her collar. In the closet would be a bed, a litterbox and food and water. Do you think this would work? Would the other cats find a way to get into the closet? We literally have tried EVERYTHING before this room, since she would pee and poop outside of the litterboxes before this, since she wasn't really allowed access.
Has anyone had any success with something like this? I don't want to rehome her,or any of the other cats, but any other suggestions are welcome. I just really want to transition her to not having her own room, but I want her to feel safe and secure in the process. We have a large under the stairs closet that I would use for this, I just don't know how she will react to using a cat door, and I don't know how the other cats will react.
Thanks in advance, and I will answer any questions you have if you need more information.