My cat is a bully
Hello! I have a 2 yr old cat (Naan) and a 5 yr old dog (Auri). I’ve had Auri since she was a pup and I’ve had Naan since she was about 8 months old. Both were spayed and they’ve been perfectly fine around each other until the last month. I can’t think of anything that has changed in her environment to have caused the sudden aggression towards Auri. For the last year, they certainly weren’t friends, but they coexisted without trouble while hardly paying any attention to each other. Now Naan is full out attacking Auri and is treating her like prey. Auri will quietly go upstairs and then Naan will follow her and I’ll quickly hear hissing and shrieking. Auri doesn’t fight back. She just cries out and tries to get away. Naan has drawn blood - some right next to Auri’s eye. So in the last month, I have binge watched some My Cat From **** and Cat vs Dog, but I haven’t found anything similar enough to my situation (but I haven’t watched it all yet!). I’ve seen some cat vs cat situation and catification is recommended for the bullied, but that’s not really an option for the pooch. Auri has been incredibly afraid of Naan and is wary to pass her in the hallway. Naan will block her from high traffic areas, the dog toys, and the dog food. Auri has also been attacked while eating before.
I’ve taken Naan to the vet for blood work and urine analysis, but she received a clean bill of health. She’ll still come up and cuddle close to Auri so I really don’t feel she’s scared. I feel like Auri is acting like prey and I don’t know how to get that to stop. I’ve started playing with Naan more and she’s quick to focus on the toy, but even after 30 minutes of jumping and running, she’ll go straight to harassing Auri again.
I’m at a loss. I don’t know what caused this sudden change and I don’t know how to fix it. She hasn’t changed eating or litter box habits. Her reactions to everything/everyone else is completely normal. Help?