I had a cat (2.5 year old male) for 1.5 years and decided to adopt another one (2 year old male). Their first week together was going decently well. Then things took a turn for the worst. There was a screaming cat fight every time the cats encountered each other!
After 2 or 3 months, we were unable to make any progress in getting their relationship to work, so we called for help. The behaviorist I called before finding Mary told me over the phone the solution was to re-home one of the cats without even assessing the situation. Not ready to entertain the thought, we contacted Mary.
While there were no guarantees, she was very open to trying to help us with the situation we were facing and came to our home for a visit. She took notes and thoroughly assessed each of the cats individually and then briefly together. Mary explained their behavior and why they weren’t able to work it out. She gave us some very helpful recommendations and followed up over email and by sending an assessment to our veterinarian.
Mary taught us that the relationship they have was ultimately up to the two cats, but changes could be made to help them get along. After just a couple of weeks of implementing Mary’s recommendations we began to see progress that developed into a healthy relationship over the next couple of months.
The cats are now friends who groom and play with one another. The help Mary gave us and the current status of our cat’s relationship are priceless. We are sitting here enjoying our Christmas Day and we just captured an image of the best Christmas gift we could ask for. Thank you, Mary. You have brought peace to our house.
Jennifer W. from Towson, MD