Step backward between Teq and Lumen
Things were going so swimmingly at the end of my "Purring doesn't ALWAYS mean happy, right?" thread..
Tequila (10 yo neutered male) is swatting, hissing, at Lumen (~4 yo spayed female) if she walks by too closely to him. Lumen is doing nothing other than walk by. Granted, other times Lumen will taunt Teq, but not always, and certainly not a minute ago when it just happened now.
- Teq was an only-cat at his first family; he lived there from kitten-hood until three years ago (at age 7) when I took him.
- One year ago, I adopted Lumen, and introduced them properly over two weeks separating and then gradually introducing. They got along fine save the occasional swat and hiss - always from Teq.
- they have lived together, as I've said, one full year.
- 85% of the time, they're fine; they groom each other (when they greet me together at the door, when they wait together for food, when they are feeling happy). They generally stay out of each other's way though. 15% of the time, they're wrestling/Lumen taunting/Tequila getting mad as ****. I think it's the age difference; L is a playful happy little thing and Teq is my grumpster.
- My main confusion - the reason for this post - Lumen will just get too close to him and she'll take a beating for no apparent reason from Teq. Teq will just be laying there, and then lunge at Lumen.
Should I go back to separating them again, even though they've been together for so long now? My heart says no but my head says yes.
Last edited by blondie1483; 09-08-2011 at 05:44 PM.