A friend of my boyfriends (and a fellow cat lover), recommended those curved "wave" scratchers to him, since her cats have such a fun time with them. So last night after work I went and picked up a Petlinks System Dream Curl Curved Scratcher
The moment I set it on the floor, Rochelle was all
over it...rolling in it, playing with the toy, scratching the wicker, and stretching out in the "U" part. She loved it. The other girls checked it out too, but they didn't seem to have the interest Rochelle did. After a little bit, Rochelle settled down in the "U", and was just contentedly lying there. Alice comes wandering over, and starts playing with her, with small cleanings in between (like they always
do with each other). They were rolling all over the scratcher and seemed to be having a good time.
I'm gonna stop for one sec here to give a bit of info. Alice and Rochelle get along great, they really do. Rochelle is very gentle when she plays. She usually ends up underneath whichever girl she's wrestling with at the time, and just sorta takes whatever, with a few ear bites here and there. When she's had enough, most of the time, she'll give a little cry to signal when she wants up...the other girls always listen and back off (after a few seconds they're at it again, hehe). Alice is usually kinda feisty when when she plays. She's still young (just over a year), and has not lost a single bit of that naughty kitten energy...plus, she's a tortie and they are just plain nutso.
One reason she loves my boyfriend so much, is because he plays rough with her, and she adores
it. Sometimes that carries over into her play with Rochelle, and she can get too rough with her, making Rochelle cry. Ok, back to the story...
I was in the kitchen making dinner, when I heard Rochelle start to cry. It didn't stop right away, so I peeked my head around the corner and told Alice to quit it...she did, but went back after Rochelle after a few seconds. They seemed to be ok again, so I went back to dinner...I continued to check on them though, and I started to notice that Alice was keeping Rochelle away from the scratcher...kinda rushing her and causing her to back away. Suddenly, Rochelle let out a short quick yelp of sorts, and ran into the kitchen, and I look to see Alice standing there with a small chunk of Rochelle's fur in her mouth.
I scolded Alice, and took the hair out of her mouth, and she ran off to the living room. I cuddled Rochelle, who decided watching me cook would be fun, and I went back to dinner. A few minutes later I heard the scratcher being used again, and I peeked around to see Alice thoroughly enjoying herself with the thing. Rochelle went over to her, and they started a cleaning session...things seemed to be ok again.
Then Alice started in on the rushing again, backing Rochelle (who's started crying again) away from the scratcher...Alice of course took the opportune time of me draining spaghetti noodles to do so, so I couldn't step in, and "Alice, no" wasn't working this time. I set the pan down as quickly as I could, and headed over, and this is what I saw. Rochelle cowering with ears flat, under Alice's raised paw. Alice's ears were also flattened, and she was sitting fully on the scratcher, as if to say "this is mine!"...and then she hissed.
Not wanting to risk a cat fight over a scratcher, I banged my hand against the counter to break them up, and both went running in opposite directions.
I found Alice behind a recliner in the living room, and she got put in the bathroom for a time out. Then I found Rochelle hiding under a table, and no amount of sweet talk or treats were getting her out. I felt so terrible, because it wasn't too long ago that we broke that hiding and skittishness barrier. She came out on her own eventually, and she's been fine. After 15 minutes, Alice was let out of solitary, and there were no more incidents, and the girls were 100% fine with other. *sigh*
I did put the scratcher away in a closet though, before we went to bed...I didn't want to risk anything happening while we slept. The scratcher has been out all this morning, and so far, no fighting.
I wonder why Alice got so territorial over the thing. They share toys and scratchers all the time, and I've never seen it get even close to that heated. I guess cats really do love the "wave" scratchers...maybe a little too