It all started when we moved from MI to TN, but I will begin with a little background. Grace was 1 year old when we adopted Sophie as a kitten. They got along fine, although Grace would occasionally chase Sophie, but only to play. They both slept with us, one at the head of the bed, one at the foot.
Then we moved. The cats were tranquilized and in separate cat boxes. We moved into my mom’s house, and the cats were cooped up together in a single room. They saw her cats through the doorway once or twice, but no fights. On the second or third day, Grace started hissing at Sophie. We moved her to a room by herself, and I would go visit with her a couple of times a day. This went on for a few weeks.
Then we moved into our own house. The cats act like they don’t know each other. Sophie, in particular, will chase Grace. They have each staked out areas of the house–Grace has the office and the guest bedroom and bath, Sophie has the rest. However, this has led to Grace behaving badly. She likes to cruise around on the counters in the kitchen (Sophie’s territory, but also where they get fed) and has peed in the kitchen sink. That, and the chasing, led me to try Feliway (hormonal atomizer that is supposed to help cats). It didn’t seem to help much, and lately she has taken to pooping on the carpet outside the guest bath, even though there is a second litter box 5 feet away in the bathroom. Arrgh!!! I know Sophie uses that litterbox, but I don’t know how to stop her.
This is driving me nuts. I don’t want the cat pooping on the carpet, and I don’t want to set up two food dishes, either. Any other ideas?