MISS PEACH'S COZY COTTAGE

Welcome to the COZY COTTAGE. This is the furever home of the memory of Miss Peach, our 18 year old Devon Rex angel kitty. I am Miss Hunny Bunny, she asked me to pour you a cuppa catmint tea as you read our old fashion mewsings about this and that. Please come by often...one lump or two? Now our precious Hunny Bunny is also an angel cat...please let me be your hostess at the cozy cottage...my name is Miss Hope.



Remember...only in our tomorrows will we realize what we had in our yesterdays.

Friday, August 28, 2009

CONFLICT IN THE BACKYARD...


We are having some very serious conflicts here at the cozy cottage and may have to take down our sign. We are not sure how to solve the problem. As you know, we rescued and gave safe haven to Hunny Bunny and her three kittens along with her mancat Buddy last summer. They now live in the protection of our garden and are free to come and go. Two of her kittens were happy to be adopted by their foster mommy. All was peaceful until a new female cat came upon the cozy garden and began to move in. We call her Scrappy Cat because she is small and thin and mean as a rattle snake! She would have been welcome if she played by the house rules which are simply to be nice to everyone. But she is very aggressive towards Hunny Bunny and beats her up mercilessly at every opportunity. Bunny is such a lady and does not know how to stand her ground and claim the garden as hers. Her white fur litters the landscape and her ears are blood stained and torn from defending herself. She now runs are the sound of a leaf blowing across the courtyard. While she once lay peaceful on the deck soaking up the sun...she now hides in the hosta leaves and scans the fence tops for this mean kitty.
Mommy does not know much about how cats relate to one another since she never had more than one indoor kitty at a time. We are very worried about our garden kitties now. Their peaceful life is threatened and we are worried that Hunny Bunny might lose her sweet purrrsonality toward our beans if she has to live under duress...
We welcome any advice or encouragement in this matter because we can see only one heartbreaking way out of this...

26 comments:

The Dutchess said...

O,this is a serious problem...There have been many cats in our house...and we know this NEW lady is trying to be the boss in the garden...this can go on for a long time and I think she will win...Maybe she wants the atention of the man in the garden...Buddy. I think it would be better to place her in a family/garden where she is alone and gets lots of atention to adjust her behavior. Poor sweet Hunny Bunny..she is such a darling...We wish you luck..

Inigo Flufflebum and d'Artangan Rumblepurr said...

The only advice I can give is you might want to see if you could put rescue remedy in a shared water point? It may help sooth everyone?

So sad that the ladies can't get along, but Hunny needs to come first.

Everycat said...

Poor Hunny Bunny! She must be very scared of this rude interloper. I'd suggest trying to find out who the new female belongs to (if anyone) asking neighbours. Then trying to establish if she's spayed. She may be feral/stray who has just had kittens nearby (whilst living wild) and is just being ultra protective of them by marauding in your garden. She could just be a new cat to the neighbourhood who is young and unsocialised to other cats, that can result in some hard core rudeness. Does she look malnourished thin? or just youthful teen thin?

Have a look at local lost/found registers too, she may be a young cat who has got lost and have an owner looking for her (always worth a go)

Sometimes young females look dreadfully thin after they've given birth. She may be seriously hungry and that's making her all fighty as she's desperate for food.

I'd want to trap the new female, get a good look at her, maybe take to a vet to scan for a microchip (sometimes rescue groups have scanners too - they could also give you some advice on what to do about her if she's not owned) and then the usual neuter and return or rehome if she's tame. If she's nursing kittens then this complicates things. The kittens may be young and unable to be parted from Mum for more than a few hours.

Can you feed Hunny et al somewhere contained for a few days so they feel better about their space?

Are Hunny and Buddy spayed and neutered? If not then hormones could well be adding to the distress.

I wish you well with this one, a new member of a little colony can cause real problems initially in the group dynamic. Often they are accepted over time, but it does take a while for things to settle down well.

Leaving enough food out so all cats have much more than usual, might lessen any stress that's arising because of food competition, if the new female is eating Hunny's family's share.

Jane & Whicky

Princess said...

OH NO!!! Scrappy kitty girl must go.
This will not have a good ending, most outside kitties do not change their behavior ...and Hunny seems like she is very laid back and calm.
You must capture Scrappy girl and ... take her to the shelter. Does she belong to anyone?
This is terrible. I will purr for you today while I am being tortured... take my mind off of my abuses at the vet.
Hugs and snuggles to you Peachpuffkins
Love always, CurliePrin

Anonymous said...

Oh my- Precious Hunny Bunny is hurt and scared? but she just got established there- and is the Queen of the Garden! This is really awful to hear about! I say get rid of the ugly mean cat- if you can cage it,{scrappy cat}-should be easy if it she is hungry}-& I would & then take it to the nearest pound. I know this sounds harsh, but really , I see no other way, than to do this,or have that scrappy Cat euthenised,sorry to say...I would hurry up and have Dennis do either one of them- because I know how you will fret and worry about it, & I don't want to see any of the Cats you already have get hurt anymore either in the meantime.Good grief, Karla that mean cat could hurt Miss Peach too, I wouldn't hesitate to get rid of it! What if maybe it has Rabies too?ugh it almost sounds like it.--I know it sounds terrible, but I think it would be a LOT more terrible if any more damage is done to any of the other Cats.xo

Everycat said...

Yikes, I hope someone else has some compassion for "Scrappy Cat"

:(

The Kool-Kittie-Krew said...

We are so sad to hear your garden is in upheaval by this mean little girlcat! Maybe you can try to trap her and relocate her elsewhere. Poor Hunny Bunny! This is her "heaven" and a little "Devil" moved in to ruin it for her. She is a furry purrty ladycat who needs to be rid of this intrusion. Hope effurything works out!

Da Fambly Cat-a-blog Kittiez said...

We think that we would want to take in your sweetheart and others for at least a night and put out a live trap for Miss Snotty. Once she is caught you could contact a rescue in your area for help with spaying her and getting her the necessary inoculations. This is serious business and I certainly would do everything possible to protect your little garden sweeties.

Sir Woodsock said...

Dear Aunt Peach,
This is a very sad & sorry state of affairs - poor Hunny Bunny.
Mother & I have no feline experience to help but think 'meany' must go to another garden.

On a happier note, I have immense pleasure in passing on a rather special award to you - please do accept it.

Love & Hugs
Woodstock

Angel and Kirby said...

WE think Every cat is right. You do need to trap the new kitty and make sure she does not belong to some. She may have babies that need help. We do not want to see Hunny Bunny hurt and scared, but this new kitty may just be looking for help.

Katie and Da Katz said...

we hopes u kin finds sumbuddy to help u safely trap Scrappy kitty and gets hur to da vets.

Hur mite be sik - and miserbul bout dat ifns hur is skinny - cood be wormz. Hur mites need help from a rescue organization to gets relocated.

Dats da bestest fing we finks cuz den Hunny Bunny is otay. Sounds like Hunny Bunny needs a vet visit frum da attakin?

Cheysuli and gemini said...

Do you know where the other cat lives? Perhaps you can trap her and find her a new home? See if there is a rescue that can take her so that Hunny Bunny can have her nice safe place in your yard again.

Junior and Orion said...

We can only add what others have said. Trap Scrappy Cat and find another place for her. Is there a farm nearby that needs a mouser? We hate for Scrappy Cat to be put down, but even more, we hate for Hunny Bunny and the others to be so miserable. We will be purring for a good outcome for all.

Amy said...

I am so sorry to hear about the problems that Hunny Bunny is having with this new kitty. I wish I had a good suggestion but I don't - I am afraid the only option may be to find a way to move her out. I feel very bad for poor Scrappy Cat but if she can't get along and is hurting Hunny Bunny then she may need a new home. Maybe she has a home somewhere that is looking for her - it is just a very difficult situation and I wish I could help. All I can do is send some good thoughts and prayers and purrs from the kitties out to everyone there - in hopes that a good solution is found.

Andrewbun said...

Do you have a garage or mud room off of the cozy cottage that Hunny bunny can stay??

Skittles, The Huntress said...

Dear Miss Peach,

Sly and I are finally home from our honeymoon, and I want to thank you for the lovely wedding gift you gave to us. We love the Peter Rabbit tea set and the cozy cottage furniture. That helped us so much to set up house! And of course we really are honored by the wedding blessing.

I'm so excited for your upcoming wedding! Have you set a date???

Luv,
Skittles

Junior and Orion said...

Will Hunny Bunny and the others eat at a certain place within your home, somewhere on the porch maybe? We are thinking that if you can get them used to eating inside, where Scrappy Cat can't get to the food, then Scrappy Cat will look for food elsewhere. Not that we want Scrappy Cat to go without food. Oh, it is just not a good situation. It really does look like Scrappy Cat needs a different place to live.

Dee said...

Oh, that is very sad. I don't know what you could do. Maybe get the new cat neutered? Make sure there enough food for both?
~lickies, Ludo

Ariel said...

I hate to say this but you might have to call animal control for scrappy cat.It's so sad that she couldn't follow the rules...Hugs

Alasandra said...

Oh we are so sad for Scrappy Cat. We thinks she must be scared and hungry.

And poor Hunny Bunny getting beat up in her own garden. Is there anyway Hunny Bunny could come inside for awhile and be safe. ~S,S,C & F

Pinky Ash and Boo said...

We are sad for Hunny Bunny and for Scrappy Cat. There are a lot of reasons why she might be acting so aggressive. We think the others advice about trying to trap Scrappy Cat and finding out if she is a new mother,lost kitty with a home or a gypsy cat is probably the best advice. We purr and purray that it all works out for all kitties and beans involved.

Tina T-P said...

We agree with everycat too - this new scrappy cat is a real danger to HunnyBunny AND Buddy AND Miss Peach as, since you said she is very thin, she could be diseased. I hope you are able to humanely trap her and take her to the local animal society. Hugs. T.

Cliff and Olivia said...

Such a shame. We don't now what to do, but we hope you get it all sorted out soon!

Purrs, Cliff and Olivia

Team Tabby said...

Dear Miss Peach, we are so sorry to hear about the discord in your backyard. We hope you can find a resolution for this sad situation. We have no experience to draw upon, so can't offer any advice to help solve this heartbreak.

We want to pass on a message that Mickey, Georgia and Tillie are offline, because their computer quit suddenly. Dadbean is going to get some testing gear to at least figure out what went wrong with it.

With luck, they will be back soon.

purrs,
Moe & Mindy

Hansel said...

in a case like this- we think you need to trap scrappy cat with a have a heart trap. There is no other way because now this cat is coming in and causing terrible things. What if she has leukemia or fiv? If she has leukemia- you can transfer that to miss peach simply by touching. it's a nasty virus. You could pet bunny then peach... and fiv is only transferred through bite wound but that cat is probably causing more trouble than it's worth. Poor bunny- we think you need to have scrappy removed.

DILLY said...

Dilly's Mummy say,
find uther playce for Scrappy Cat-
can tayke to cat rescue playce?

Mummy yewst to kno scrappy cat,
very fierce,
still hav scar on Mummy's hand from bite.
Vencherly Scrappy be frendly,
be very soppy an frendly and Mummy luv.
But tayke long time.
Yeers.
Slow time.
Lots luv an trust.
Did not tell off,
not eevn wen hurt Mummy.
So Scrappy can be better, maybe.

BUT!
Uther cat will not stay.
Wen Mummy's fierce cat waz still fierce,
littol Eric cat (ickol stray) go way.
Not like to be neer Mummy's howse,
not like Scrappy.

Arfter find new home for Scrappy,
wen Scrappy chaynge be kind an nice,
arfter gon,
then Eric com bak.

If not want looz nice cats,
mite hav find uther playse for Scrappy.

Mummy OR-
OR-
hav mayke separate territory for cats.
Cats fite for territory.
Need very separate parts for Scrappy.
Then Scrappy feel secure,
not feel frayed,
be carmer.

Be big problem tho.
Hard to chooz tween pusscats.
Want help AWL pusscats.

Dilly think Scrappy need lots luv an tenshun to self. Not want share. Dutchess may be rite.

Hewo Miss PEach!
Dilly vote for Miss Peach for Rubber Stamp!!!

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