Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Cobourg, Ontario, Canada
Food is usually a good way to manage harmony in cats. Are you free feeding them? If you are, you will likely have better success if you give them meals---morning, evening and late evening snack just before you go to bed. Most cats like routine and being fed at the same time each day or evening. So far I think things are going pretty well.....Olive isn't really being bullied to the point that she's fearful of Gohan and is indicating she wants to join the boys by jumping over the gate. I would go along with your idea of playing with them in the den. Do it with an interactive fishing pole type of toy with feathers, such as "Da Bird", and you can try and give them a turn.....Flit the toy around like a bird flying and occasionally landing on floor or a chair and moving across the floor. Don't just wave it in front of them. After a play session, give them their meal or some treats. Have all the bowls in the same room in a different location, and see if this is a bonding experience for them. Cats soon learn to go to their eating spot. This works if the cats all eat at the same rate and finish their meals and there isn't one of those that eat a little throughout the day. One of the things I used to do when I had more cats than I do now is to put a large plate or tray with enough food on it for the number of cats, and let them eat together. This worked well, except for one neutered boy that was a fast eater and a real piggy, and he did have to eat alone in another room, otherwise he ate more than he should have and gained weight. Hope these ideas are helpful. Keep us updated as to how things progress. All the best!
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Last edited by catloverami; 12-20-2017 at 07:38 AM.