I agree that maybe trying something like prozac would be beneficial. I think you would probably need to trap and take her to the vet for sedation to be shaved :sad:. I think Growler was the one who uses the babyfood squash so I'm sure if you pm her she would be happy to help you. Is raw food an option for you?
As for leaving the basement, sounds like this could be quite the challenge if she won't let you pick her up. With Desi, she was terrified of Lucy when she first got here and I just used to pick her up and move her to the other side of the room and that forced her to at least walk back to her safe spot and eventually she realized there was nothing to worry about. Do the cats have a window or source of natural light in the basement?
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