Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Karen Jo: I am getting a little concerned about Emma. A few days ago I had a visit from my financial advisor. He and I sat around the table in the living room and talked. Herman seemed to get jealous, but instead of pulling at my pants leg with his claws like he usually does, he took it out on Emma. Emma was just lying on the couch, watching the visitor and me. Herman went and sat and stared at her, as he does when he wants to chase her. Emma wasn't interested in playing chase. Herman took a swat at Emma and Emma swatted him back, then there were angry cat noises from both of them and a mad dash down the hall. Emma went to her most secure hidey-hole and stayed there for the rest of the day. She did come out to eat, then retreated to her high shelf in her room. Since then, other than coming out to eat and use the litter box, she is up on her high shelf or in her hidey-hole in her room, or in her secure hidey-hole in my room. I did see her lying on the kitchen floor last night, but it didn't last long. She got up, ate a bit, then went back to her room. Has Herman terrorized her once too often, so that now she is scared to get near him? Is there anything I can do about it? I feel terrible that Emma is restricting herself to just a few spots in the house where she feels safe. I am petting her while she is up on her shelf to show her that I love her and she purrs up a storm. Would going and getting her for playtime in the living room help or make things worse?
I kind of miss her company, but otherwise I am enjoying being king of the castle.
Karen Jo: I just wish you would be nicer to her.