Pearl was a stray cat who came in last Dec and made herself at home. At that time, she bullied Duffy mercilessly. He just took it for a long time but then one day this past summer he got to the point where he had had enough of it and started bullying her back.
She took it and stood her ground. She had established “her place”… a shelf in the bookcase we dubbed The Pearl Cave, but she didn’t spend a lot of time there. She was out most of the time enjoying the sun or curled up with me watching tv or “checking her email” as we called it when she’d get right up here whenever I was on the computer. When Duffy would bully her, she’d stand up to him and tell him she had every right to be there.
Since we’ve been here everything has changed. Duffy bullys her and she hides in the cupboard. We started out calling it the new Pearl cave, but once I noticed she was hiding on the second shelf as well as the bottom shelf, well, it struck me she had a 2-story place so it’s now become The Town(house) Cave.
I can’t figure out how to get her to stand up to him and to come out for any lenght of time. I am at a total loss here for ideas and it seems terrible to spend all of her time in the cupboard… not to mention it kinda grosses me out she’s in there with my pots and pans. I would really like to hear any suggestions you can think of. I don’t want her to be misserable.