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No takers on the kitten

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Well, that's not entirely true. Several people have offered to take him, but no one has called in response to my "Found Kitten" sign, and it appears no one reported him missing at the local shelter.

Spike, the 10 year old, does not like this new interloper. She's one of those cats that does not respond well to change - she's still not thrilled with Cheeto, the cat we adopted after Magic died last spring. Spike mostly just hisses at this indefatiguable ball of fluff. She tries to sniff at him, but if he notices, he views her proximity as an invitation to play. That doesn't end well.

Tuffy & Cheeto play & fight almost constantly. I have to believe Spike is happy Cheeto isn't bothering her anymore. Tuffy appears unconcerned Cheeto outweighs him by a 6:1 ratio. I guess he'll live up to the name "Tuffy"!

My legal assistant says Cheeto sounds like a gang member's moniker. Spike and Tuffy do not, unless you're talking about the gangs in West Side Story. Let's hope the Menacing Tabbys don't decide to claim certain turf, then declare war against the Kitchen-area Birman.
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  • v HILLSLUG98239
    Magic was 10 when I adopted the then 2-month old Spike. He HATED her. Ultimately, he became very nuturing. I think he even taught her to hunt (he was an amazing hunter when he was younger). But alas, they all have their own personalities. Spike is easily offended. Cheeto is a big goofy kid. Time will tell what role Tuffy plays.

    1070 days ago
    This is very typical cat behavior, unfortunately. Older dogs get along great with puppies and often become playful as a result. Cats are a completely different story, though, and introducing young cats to older ones is generally an uphill battle. As you've already done it once with Cheeto, though, you've paved the way to make it easier with this new one. Just give Spike some time and eventually she will merely loathe the interlopers.
    1070 days ago
  • v HILLSLUG98239
    Thanks for the compliment. I really enjoy writing, but I'm too lazy to attempt to make a living doing it.
    1070 days ago
  • v 2BHALF1
    This was great! You are. An awesome writer, you should write a book about your "gang!" emoticon
    1070 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/18/2013 4:08:51 PM
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