Rossie isn’t very comfortable right now, but what recent graduate really is? I disassembled Rossie’s cage today. She hasn’t been in it for at least two months. I removed the box from the corner she has been hiding in and placed the rocking chair she hides under on the floor with a fresh sleeping pad. Rossie hasn’t been under there yet (but Lady and Tarzan have both investigated). In fact, I’m not certain where she is (she’s hiding behind the trunk to my left). Did I change too much at once for her world? I hope not. She’s been doing so well. Daisy (pictured) is a little confused, too. Ruby was down here a couple hours ago investigating the empty space. Sapphire is checking it out now. I’ve done some of the vacuuming, but need to finish the job. Mr. L processed the stuff in the box that was under the rocking chair, and you can see remnants scattered around the room. What do we have drawer rails for? We don’t remember. He found a handful of N-gauge railroad track and other goodies.
Mr. L came home, so Rossie has emerged from her hiding place and is hiding behind the vacuum cleaner, investigating the area. She looks a little shell-shocked. Daphne just got a little twittish, so Rossie took refuge under the chair. Good. It’s still a defensible position for her.
What do I mean by Daphne being “twittish”? If Rossie or Daisy are out, Daphne will make a run at them in a mock attack. If I ever hear Daisy growling, I know Daphne is nearby. Daphne will do that with Sneaky sometimes, too. Thankfully, Rossie’s confidence has increased to the point where she has a method for handling Daphne’s mock attacks. We’ll see how she handles this next phase in her development. I’m hopeful things remain positive.
I don’t want to get too excited just yet, but Lady has had free reign in the house for a couple of weeks now. She’s limping some but seems to be recovering well from her broken foot. She’s not letting it bother her. For the moment all nine cats have been living in relative peace. How long that will last, we do not know, but we remain hopeful. Rossie rarely grants us petting time, but she is visible and present. We consider that a positive. Daisy grants petting privileges when she’s in the petting chair. Sapphire is permitting me to pet her in the morning when she escorts me to the bathroom — which is tremendous progress in her socialization.
Sneaky remains sequestered in the dining room, and that’s the way she likes it. I join her in the recliner at least once a day for 20-60 minutes, and she’s happy about that. Sometimes she waylays Mr. L for the same.
Zelda has been eyeing the door and contemplating if she wants to come inside, but, so far, I’ve been unsuccessful at luring her in. She remains distainful of the trap, so it would appear the only way I’ll be abe to catch her for her annual exam and vaccinations is to earn her trust enough to pick her up and put her into a carrier. We seem to be quite a ways away from that.
Walter is on a different schedule from us. I see him on the game camera, but I haven’t seen him in person for a couple weeks. I expect to see him in the next couple days, because it’s time for me to apply his Revolution, and he always seems to show up on time for that.
Lady is doing well. She still limps, but over most of last week, the cage has been open and it’s been up to her if she wants to be in it or not. Several times, I’ve seen her resting on the cushion. I put a box next to my bed to make it easier for her to get up, and she and Tarzan have been using it. Since Lady has access to her humans, she’s been a much happier kitty. She spends most of the night sleeping next to me.
Rossie has been out and a about but mostly she stays in the parlor, even with the door open. The only altercation was one evening when Lady was on the bed beside me. We believe Daphne was being obnoxious, and Rossie was telling her to cut it out. Rossie’s confidence is still high, so we’re going to continue leaving the parlor door open and Rossie out to do as she pleases.
Daisy was another concern. Since the parlor door has been open, Daisy has remained largely downstairs. When she’s in the petting chair, she lets us pet her. Daisy also like chicken. She came and took a piece of chicken out of my hand last week. In a side note, Mr. L has begun calling her Cupcake instead of Daisy. She seems to like that better.
For now, the cage will remain assembled with the door open. Our ultimate goal is to be able to take the cage down and have the cats live in relative harmony. Sneaky still sequesters herself in the dining room, but that’s another matter. For now, we have nine relatively harmonious kitties, and we are thankful for that.
We’re checking in late, but there’s nothing new to report.
Rossie puts herself to bed if I am not there to tuck her in at 8 pm. She likes routine. Sapphire hangs out with Sneaky during the day. Mr. L is doing his best to earn Daisy’s affection, and she spends most of her time upstairs in his room, so he may be having some success. I’m the meanie who makes them do things they don’t like to do, and he’s the nice guy.
Ajax and Lady have been demanding of attention. Tarzan does, too. Delta, at certain times and places wants her fair share. Ruby is around. Daphne is Daphne.
Zelda is usually under the back porch or my truck. She paid a visit to our neighbors earlier in the week. She sometimes disappears for a day, but I don’t think she goes too far, and I think it’s more I don’t see her than she disappears. Walter is usually on the side porch in the morning, and as long as it’s not too late in the day, I can call him up from under the house. I’m not sure where he spends his afternoons and evenings. Everyone seems healthy and happy, and that’s what I care about most.
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Daisy is slowly integrating into the household. She holds some of the other cats at bay by growling. She’s become intrigued by Tarzan. Tarzan, of course, mostly ignores her. She has tried to play with Rossie, and Rossie steps away and looks at her as if to say, “Please!” Daphne … Continue reading →
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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, … Continue reading →