In a development which will surprise no one, Daisy is now an inside cat. Mr. L expressed concerns that Zelda might reject her since she’s been gone so long as well as a couple other concerns. I need to put together another cat carrier. I have a couple damaged carriers, and I hope I can get a serviceable one from the various parts. If not, I’ll look for one at a yard sale.
Daisy is marginally more approachable than Sapphire. She holds her own with the bigger cats — Lady, Ajax, and Daphne have all been held at bay by her massive growl, but each has been negotiating for getting to know her. Lady sniffed this morning until there was an exchange of paws, and Lady sulked off. Daphne is now expressing curiosity. I think the “alphas” will get it all worked out in time. Daisy has no trouble asserting herself, but she also assumes the subservient role in an attempt to make a peaceful introduction.
Daisy and Rossie get along fine. Rossie has been mildly more outgoing since Daisy came into the house. I’m not sure what to make of that, and I’m going to try not to read too much into it.
Tarzan paid a visit to Dr. Val this week for more urinary tract troubles. He’s being put on a quarterly antibiotic regimen, and his Adequan regimen will increase to weekly for the rest of the month then drop to every two weeks. He had been on a monthly regimen.
After making several regular appearances, Walter is scarce again. Zelda is here regularly but has taken to disappearing for several hours at a time — perhaps she’s enjoying not being tied down by kittens for the first time in her life? We’re going to continue trying to earn her trust. My goal is to be able to pick her up and put her into a carrier for her annual veterinary visits.
We have a black kitty and an orange kitty paying semi-regular visits. Both are too skittish to approach or even talk to for now. The orange kitty is definitely a boy kitty, and we think the black kitty is, too.
Daisy’s post-spay instructions said to keep her indoors for 10 days. It’s been an interesting experience. I was concerned about what Lady would do. I needn’t have worried. This kitten, who cries at the window to go out, has a growl equivalent to a cat three times her size. She uses it wisely, too. She holds Ajax, Lady, and Daphne at bay with this growl. All three of them just look at her and keep their distance.
Rossie reluctantly shares her cage at night, but they don’t seem to mind one another. Daisy spent the first day or two hiding behind the trunk in the parlor. She’s been venturing out into more public spaces since then. She goes back to the cage to eat and drink. I think she’s using the litter box but I haven’t actually witnessed it yet (and I haven’t seen signs of not using the litter box). She spends time in the window looking out, sometimes crying. She has curled up on the base of the cat tower for extended times and napped. As I’m typing this, she’s grooming herself on the rug in the middle of the parlor floor. Mr. L caught her playing for a brief period the other evening.
Moving into the house is scary for a kitty born to the feral outdoor life, but Daisy is adapting well. And Zelda, good mama that she is, appears to have taught her a scary growl is a great defense mechanism. I have to wonder if Daisy was the one scaring Walter away. Since she’s been in the house, Walter has been here almost every morning.
Other than our sad news about Nick earlier in the week, the cats’ lives have been quiet. At one time this week, we had four cats lounging on the tower at the same time. I think that’s a first. Rossie was in the bottom “bunk.” Lady was in the middle “bunk.” Daphne was in the top perch — of course, Daphne understands better than any of them the concept of taking the high ground. Mr. L wanted to rearrange the towel on top of the trunk, so he deposited Ajax in the next lower perch to bring the cat count to four on the tower. Too bad I didn’t get a photo.
During the day, Rossie, Lady, and Ajax are in the parlor/kitchen. Daphne and Delta transition in and out as we go in and out the door. Sneaky spends all her time in the dining room/downstairs bathroom, even though the door is open and she is free to roam the entry hall and upstairs. She chooses not to. Daphne, Tarzan, Delta, Sapphire, and even Ruby wander in and out of the dining room snacking on Sneaky’s food. Daphne sometimes gets confrontational with Sneaky. Mostly everyone ignores Sneaky, and that’s the way she likes it. Every couple of weeks, Lady and Rossie have a screaming match, but Rossie is much better at repelling Lady than she used to be, so we have hope. Unfortunately, Lady just won’t let it drop.
In the outside world, Daisy remains standoffish. She will eat right near me, but if I reach for her, she immediately backs away and hesitates to come back. Zelda won’t eat the canned food while I’m there but quickly comes to the bowl if I step away. Both will sit 3-4 feet away from me but neither are interested in me getting closer to them. This will be a challenge when I catch Daisy for her spay appointment tomorrow. If I’m unsuccessful in catching her tomorrow, I suspect I will have to try trapping her on Monday morning. If that doesn’t work, I’ll have to postpone her surgery. According to the game camera, Walter has been visiting regularly. I just haven’t seen him in person.
This morning the risk with outside cats became a reality for our household. As near as I can pinpoint it, an hour and a half ago, Nick was running across the street toward the house and got hit by a car. He was killed instantly.
At 9:40 this morning, Mr. L called to tell me he thought we lost Nick last night because there was a cat in the street in front of the house. Sure enough. It was Nick. Thankfully, he hadn’t been run over again yet, so I was able to gently load him into a plastic bag and carry him back to the house. He’s buried by the fence in front of the side yard pecan tree. This is one of the final photos the game camera captured of Nick and Daisy at about 8:45 this morning.
Zelda and Daisy both watched respectfully while I took care of Nick’s burial. I’m going to miss his inquisitiveness. I believe he would have become quite a snuggle cat. He wanted to be petted but didn’t quite know how to let himself enjoy it. Now he won’t get that chance. Here he was last night on the porch.
In September 2016, when he first saw us looking out the side door window at him. He ran but came back to see:
Also in September when he first braved eating Fancy Feast when I was nearby.
Nick was always watching out for Zelda and Daisy. The devotion of the three of them to each other was a joy to observe. We’re going to miss this sweetheart of a cat.
A few days ago, I came upon Zelda and Daisy lounging on the side porch steps. Notice anything interesting? Daisy has an appointment for spaying on April 3. She’s been taking after her mother and been reluctant to be handled, so I’m going to begin trying to catch her next … Continue reading →
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Just when I thought the outdoor cat situation was stabilized, a new kitty has appeared. He’s a gorgeous orange tabby. He looks well fed but not well-cared for, so I’m not sure what he will mean to our colony. He leaves if I approach him, so he’s not interested in … Continue reading →