Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Cobourg, Ontario, Canada
Yes, it's normal. Wilma now feels comfortable in her new territory, and has decided she's going to be the boss cat and that's why she's going after Peanut. She's already bonded with Bug, so he is no threat to her. Peanut isn't standing up for himself and letting himself be bullied. So he's starting to become afraid of her by growling when he just sees her in the door way, hoping to scare her away. It's also possible that Wilma has sensed that Peanut is "weaker" physically. What to do? Well, I think you do have to look out for Peanut since he won't (or can't?) do it himself. To let them just be, could hasten a deterioration of his heart problem. So, I would keep them separated if you can't supervise them closely, e.g. at night. During the day you could have active play with all three of them with a wand toy, like "Da Bird", flicking it from one to the other, and feed them treats together, so that they come to know good things happen when they play nicely together. Some cats will give up bullying, but others won't and can make another cat's life a misery. Since Wilma is now top cat in your house, treat her that way. Give her some extra one-on-one attention away from the other cats. Feed her first. If she looks like she's about to go after Peanut, call her to yourself, and give her a toy, paper/ball, to distract her from her mission. She also may be jealous of Peanut getting to sleep with you and this could be a reason for her bullying. If she's treated very well, she may not feel the need to bully...let's hope so.
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Last edited by catloverami; 12-18-2014 at 02:20 PM.