I never thought I would be in this situation.. I usually judge those that need to rehome there pets, and now I am the one considering it.
We have 2 cats - both rescued from an animal shelter.
Our first cat is a 6yo male and is a very affectionate cat, but can also be really anxious. I'm assuming he has a dark history in his first 6 months of life, before he came to us. He generally sleeps all day and will sometimes come for a cuddle. He avoids any strangers and our 1 year old mostly.
We had him for a couple of years before we got our female cat, who is very affectionate and if you are sitting still she will want cuddles, friendly with all visitors and is best friends with our 1yo DD. Always plays with her and really gentle and laid back.
The issue? Our male cat bullies and abuses our female cat constantly. I thought it might be a phase at the begining, but to be honest.. it's been 4 years. He will go up to her for no reason and attack her. She will try to get away and hiss and growl but she is submissive and basically just cops it. He has never caused any wounds.. but she is being traumitised by him.
I am constantly seperating them and I feel I am forever growling at the male and putting him out in the cold (he doesn't like outdoors much)
I have spoken to vets about treatment but its behavioral and the meds dont work the way they should.
I really should have rehomed him or her years ago because they should not be together but I have felt so awful even considering getting rid of a pet.
I don't want to rehome my DDs best friend.. so that leaves our male cat. I honestly think he needs an older home with no other pets where he can just sleep and has no 'threats' or stress.
I don't even know what this thread is for - does anyone have any advice or experience?
Am I doing the right thing for him? Or I am just doing the right thing for everyone else?
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