Things are still reasonably tranquil here with The Texas Love Cats. Rossie stands her ground when it’s called for, and I’m pleased to see that. Lady, for the most part, walks away when she’s told to do so. Mr. L returned home from San Antonio last night, so Ajax is calming down. He walked in the door, and Ajax dashed to meet him. Mr. L stepped outside for a minute to retrieve something from the truck and Ajax threw himself off the cat tower and scrambled into the kitchen. I’m sure he feared he’d lost his daddy again.
Remember the orange tabby? I’ve taken to calling him Scooter — he scoots whenever he sees me.
I’m cautiously optimistic. For the first time in years, we seem to be experiencing feline peace in the household. Everyone except Sneaky is moving freely through the areas of the house they have access to (Living room, Den, and Blue Bedroom are off-limits to all cats; the dining room and downstairs bathroom are Sneaky’s preferred domain and the other cats get restricted access).
During waking hours, Rossie chooses to remain in the parlor, but she’s still moving from place to place. Her favorite places are the window, the small hut on the cat tower, the rocking chair (on the seat and below), and behind the vacuum cleaner. When the cage was assembled, she would take refuge behind it, so when I removed the cage and vacuumed, I left the vacuum in front of the bench as a substitute for her to hide behind if she wished, and she does wish. I can pet her in the window, on the tower, and in the rocking chair. She is now beginning to purr as I reach for her. Rossie loves cat treats and will emerge from wherever she is to get some — even venturing from one side of the room to another.
Lady and Rossie seem to have agreed to ignore one another. I do have to watch Lady for that focused stare. When I see that, I know a distraction is in order. Daphne will give chase but she’s just being a pest. There is no malice in her movements.
Daisy and Sapphire have begun playing with each other. Since they are half-sisters and the youngest two, I’m pleased to see this. If I hear growling, I know Daphne is within sight of Daisy, and I need to distract her. They’ve never fought, but Daisy does not like Daphne.
I’m so proud of Rossie’s progress.
Rossie’s cage has been down for a little over a week, and I’m pleased to report she’s still doing very well. She’s limiting her movements to downstairs (as far as I can tell), but I’m happy about that. She has a plethora of defensible positions down here to fend off Daphne and Lady or anyone else who decides it’s fun to give her a hard time. Daphne is the greatest offender lately. Lady mostly ignores her.
Rossie enjoys spending the morning in the window watching the outdoor activities. Her next favorite place is under the rocking chair in the corner or on it. She’s approachable on the rocking chair or in the window. Sometimes she curls up in one of the huts on the cat tower. She enjoys cat treats and will even venture across the room to get them.
When Daphne gives chase, Rossie runs and hides, but she’s out in the open more, and I haven’t seen nearly as many instances of “deer in the headlights” as I used to. For those of you with cuddly housecats, Rossie isn’t competing there yet. For a scared feral kitty with serious emotional issues, she’s come a long, long way. Dr. Valeri was thrilled to hear these developments when Daisy was in for her annual exam.
Gray Socks Ghost stopped by yesterday afternoon when I was preparing a can for Zelda on the side porch. As an experiment, I placed the bowl with food on the heat pump ductwork and sat on the steps. That puts me close but out of reach. I waited. Zelda was confused. Where was her food? Eventually, she noticed where it was. I waited. I thought Gray Socks Ghost wasn’t going to show up, but I stood up, and he was on the ductwork just under the house out of view. I sat back down. I encouraged him to come on out. Zelda sat under the porch sniffing.
Eventually, he walked out and began eating. I was able to speak to him, and he kept eating. Zelda appeared behind him on the ductwork. He rebuffed her, so she resorted to sniffing his behind. She worked her way up to wait for him to finish. When he had finished nearly all the food, he turned and walked away. I got Zelda another can and fed her on the back porch.
You know the drill. If Gray Socks Ghost is going to eat here, he needs to be caught, tested, and, if healthy, neutered and vaccinated. Today he started the process of becoming an outdoor Love Cat — unless I find out he belongs to someone. He comes from the direction of the calico mama cat (who lives as a house but is not “owned” by the person who lives there). She may be his mama, and he may be from Gray Socks last litter. Gray Socks Ghost is a young mature male.
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