One of my biggest fear has come true. Cosmo and Ling have turned on each other.
On Wednesday night, Cosmo and Ling were sitting at the back door, looking at the back alley as usual. When my husband heard cats growling and hissing, he went to check it out and saw nothing. Then he realised it was coming from our own cats. Before he could do anything, they were rolling on the floor, fur was flying and urine everywhere! As Cosmo is bigger and stronger, Ling was obviously at the losing end.
When he finally managed to separate them, Ling went upstairs and Cosmo went to hide in the laundry room. When I found out what happened (I was in the shower), I went down and spoke softly to Cosmo, offering him some treats, which he took. I carried him upstairs and put the both of them in the room with me. The aggression was gone by then but they were still tensed, even after a game of "catch da bird!".
While they were willing to play and eat together, I noticed they still weren't grooming each other although Cosmo did try to but Ling walked away.
Later, as we were going to bed, we heard the growling AGAIN! I managed to separate them before fur started to fly. Ling spent the night under my blanket while Cosmo had the rest of the house after some cuddling time. They were both VERY affectionate towards me after being separated. Does this mean something?
I let Cosmo into the room this morning and they slept next to each other under my blanket. The both of them seem okay with each other now but they haven't gone to the laundry room together yet. So I'm not sure if the aggression is really over.
Here's Cosmo this morning.
Cosmo is now in the storeroom and Ling with me. She was crying in the laundry room just before this. I am going to keep the back door closed for now and give the laundry room a thorough cleaning. Another thing I've noticed since the fighting is that Ling stays close to me and startles easily at any sudden noise (like dogs barking).
Poor Ling all stressed out when she heard dogs barking this morning (this is not normal for her).