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Old 03-03-2015, 10:56 AM
 
Location: southern kansas
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Sorry to hear about Stormy. This situation sounds exactly like when my beloved Yorick died. I had six other cats, four of them female, but he was rock that provided stability. He was the Alpha, but he didn't really care. He was kind to everyone, and would let anyone curl up and sleep with him. He even tolerated the tiny feral kittens I adopted, though they clearly annoyed him. He weighed 17 pounds and it was funny to see the tiny puffballs asleep beside him.

After the horrible night I had to have him euthanized, the other cats knew something was wrong. For about four days the house was absolutely quiet. His sister searched for him in is favorite spots. Goyguy is right. Eventually, hierarchical issues do come up. Yorick was his sister's protector and when he was gone they began picking on her. She lost weight, began over-grooming and she hid during the day ( I found her hiding spot.) I had to monitor her closely, and start keeping her along in the bedroom when I am at work. I still keep her segregated about half the time. The over-grooming has stopped and she has gained some weight. It is so sad to see the other cats act aggressive towards her because she is very sweet. If I do leave her in the "general population" during the day, I keep her in the bedroom with me alone at night. She lies beside me in the same spot that was her brother's favorite.

It has been six months and I still miss him very, very much.
Your Yorick and my Stormy had very much in common personality wise. So very sorry to hear you lost him too. I also have one that's picked on by two of the other females. She's the youngest, and was never really accepted by the others. Sheba will defend herself if cornered, but prefers to avoid them if possible. My upstairs hobby room has been her sanctuary for years after my wife passed away & I was still working. She got along fine with Stormy & he was the only other cat allowed to go up there. I think she enjoyed his company. Fortunately I'm retired now and home most of the time, so Sheba is more comfortable spending time downstairs, plus they are all mellowing a bit with age & not paying as much attention to her.
Anyway, I know what your going through dealing with a situation of an 'outcast' cat. I've expended a lot of worry about her stress & overall happiness over the years. I'm sure you've done the same.
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Old 03-12-2015, 06:19 PM
 
Location: Candy Kingdom
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My condolences, catdadx7. It's always hard. ::hug::
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Old 03-28-2015, 12:54 PM
 
Location: Way up high
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RIP. So sorry to hear of your loss
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