Tessie has never gotten along with Angel.
Angel arrived on the scene in October 2008. Tessie had been the oldest female cat in the house for three years at that point.
Tessie never minded the boycats, she was (and still is) very maternal towards Kylie…but for some reason, Tessie has never liked Angel. And I have no idea why.
Because of Jacoby’s special dietary needs and because Kylie is a slow and incredibly picky eater, we have to feed them separately – Jake in his SturdiShelter, and Kylie in the art room.
Angel and Tessie have to eat together, side by side, in the kitchen. They have the same appetites and they eat at the same speed, so they’re kind of stuck with each other.
Angel will assert herself if food is involved.
It’s the one thing that will make Angel stand up to Tessie.
Jackson Galaxy says that if you feed antagonistic cats near each other, they will associate the other cat with food, and eventually associate the other cat with good things.
I’m not sure Tessie has seen that episode of “My Cat From Hell.”
Despite that, I do think it’s been a good thing for Angel and Tessie’s relationship.
At the very least, Tessie no longer picks fights with Angel…
…while they’re actually eating.
Any time Tessie moves, Angel gets nervous.
And really, it’s not entirely unfounded.
Angel keeps a watchful eye on Tessie…because Tessie will just randomly attack her without warning or provocation. Even after 7 years of living together.
And then…they do this. Like I said…it’s complicated.