I was happy as an only cat for years. I had my mom to myself and when she could tear herself away from me and I was provided with, Amy a pretty good substitute servant. I like her because she appreciates my need for treats and a lap. Then the unthinkable happened. Bella, another cat (and her human-training them is so hard) moved in. We disliked each other immediately. It was MY house, she did not belong and I made that clear, but my efforts were in vain, she’s still here.
Moving is very stressful for me but once we settled into our new home I made myself comfortable and began a campaign to rid myself of Mary. I thought this would be simple, she’s kind of soft, always playing sweet to the humans, never putting them in their place. Humans require intensive training and follow up sessions on a regular basis to remind them who is in charge. This includes but is not limited to swatting and hissing in the middle of a required adoration session to keep them on their toes. This is sometimes followed up by allowing more affection immediately or simply walking away. You have to keep them guessing. The same tactics, modified to terrorize a cat, were be employed for my Rid the House of Mary Campaign”. Thus far this has only resulted in much hissing and growling the humans discourage for some reason.
Mary and Bella:
This battle for dominence continued until the most unthinkable thing in the world happened:
Desperate times call for desperate measures. Our out and out war had to be altered to a cold war, allowing us to join forces occasionally in a covert operation to rid our home of this vile creature. We have tried everything from blaming any and every thing the humans dislike on the dog, ignoring the humans as punishment and attacks on the enemy. Alas, we are still at war but considering that cat’s are far superior to dogs, we will eventually prevail.
Until we do we now look forward to our humans leaving because the dog leaves too. Training Amy the substitute is an ongoing process but she’s preferable to the dog.