Wednesday, October 12, 2016
A state of armed feline neutrality
Our new Blogorado kitten, nicknamed Ashbutt (the pictures demonstrate why!), spent his first 48 hours at his new home largely in seclusion in the guest bedroom, to give our existing cat, Kili, time to sniff his scent under the door, object angrily (and vocally) to the presence of another cat, and generally make her indignation known.
Miss D. took him to the vet yesterday morning, to get a checkup and his initial shots. The vet reckons he's only about eight weeks old, a bit younger than we thought, but still more than old enough to come home with us, particularly since his mother is unknown and he was hand-raised by the FarmFamily. (According to Miss D., he does not like rectal thermometers and needles. I can't say I blame him!)
Miss D. slept in the spare bedroom with him on his first night here, and I did so last night, to make sure he didn't feel abandoned and lonely. (Up until now he's had the company of thirty-odd barn cats and a few other kittens every night and day, so to be left entirely alone might have been a bit traumatic for him.) Kili, of course, was not pleased by this development. She's used to joining both of us on our bed, sleeping between us, and to have one half of her sleeping buttresses removed was definitely not to her taste. Nevertheless, although her displeasure at the interloper remains very strong, she yowled and hissed a lot less over the past day or so.
This morning we decided to let the kitten wander the house more freely, albeit with one or both of us in attendance to make sure no cat-fights ensued. Kili observed the intruder from on top of her cat tree, growling whenever it got too close, but not jumping down to boss it around. She even tolerated it climbing up on Miss D.'s chest when she sat down in our recliner, and having a nap there. I suspect her armed neutrality will continue for some days, perhaps a week or two, but I think they'll negotiate a moderately amicable settlement in due course. I hope they'll be good company for each other.