When it comes to cats, I believe that MiceChatters know a thing or two. So I need some advice...
Two weeks ago Jiffy (our 2 year old ginger female) disappeared. My 6 year old was distraught and so a couple of days ago we went out and bought Bugle (NDJnr's choice of name - don't ask me where he got it from!) - a 12 week old black male.
Typically, Jiffy then reappeared today. She has clearly been getting fed during her two week absence as she has lost little if any weight. She also shows no physical signs of 'damage'. But she is not herself. She is grumpy and withdrawn. One moment she can be purring and rolling on her back and the next she is growling and hissing. Initially she did not enjoy being picked up although she is improving. My theory is that someone stole her for these two weeks and has been ill-treating her in some way - I think this is why she is now nervous and wary.
Of course what doesn't help is the presence of Bugle. Jiffy is being grumpy when he is not around but is hissing and growling whenever Bugle is in sight. Bugle is wary around her but otherwise unphased.
I guess I am asking if anyone has had experience of a cat coming back with a different personality (sounds a bit Pet Semetry!) and whether she will revert to her old, easy going self. And will her and Bugle be able to get along? I am concious the she may see him as an encroacher but I thought that females were less terratorial.