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.
I’ve spent the week working in San Antonio. I took three cats with me so Rossie could experience a less stressful week. Lady, Daphne, and Tarzan came with me. One thing Lady and Daphne got to experience was plenty of backyard time. Daphne had only been allowed limited access to the backyard prior to now, but this trip, she received the same access as Lady, and she thoroughly enjoyed herself. Both cats ran and explored at will in their three trips outside. Tarzan was welcome to come out, but he refused to venture beyond the doorway. These three cats and Ajax are the only ones I know for sure I can get back once they are out, so I brought the cats who travel well. Ajax’s tummy doesn’t allow him to travel comfortably, so he stayed in Central Texas. Besides, Rossie needed one of her boys. Sneaky is the only other cat likely to do well with outside time, but she prefers not to mix with the other cats, so I spared her this trip, too.
It’s been a good week for these three.
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