Ok. So I know I am behind but the WordPress ap deleted some of my posts.
NOW for the big news!!! But first a run down of what has happened over the past two weeks (roughly).
After several attempts to maintain their separation it was becoming difficult due to the door not staying closed, needing to clean the room thoroughly, and even if the door was closed and the gates were up they were climbing over them anyway.
So I started to trial letting them free roaming while I was home. Whether I was inside or out I would let them have free reign of the house. Two weeks ago Mabeline snuck past my feet as I went outside. I was nervous. She darted away from me and I was concerned she wouldn’t return or get into fights with the alley cats.
After letting her roam outside a while she let me pick her up and I took her back inside. A spark of hope lit. I was surprised but she was much calmer when confronted with Steve’s playful behavior. Throughout that day I let her out then would find her and bring her back in. A couple times I found her at the neighbors door meowing. I picked her up and she was perfectly happy with going back inside. I wouldn’t let her be out when I was away. I made sure she was inside. One day before I worked the midnight shift I took a nap and luckily I had the windows open because she was outside meowing to be let in.
It is absolutely amazing. She comes back home and when I’m outside she will come to me. She had one altercation with a stray but she was good. She kept him/her at bay and I heard them mewing so I ran out to intervene. The other cat scampered off.
Mabeline has her own water dish outside. I still don’t let her out while I’m away and I make sure she isn’t out while I am sleeping either.
She and Steve get along much better. They have even been caught sleeping in my bed together and the even sniff each other without hissing. Much much better.
This breakthrough has been life changing!!!