My house guests are back! Prince and Pumpkin are here for a week. They visited last fall when Pumpkin was just a baby. He is nearly grown now, and he turned into a fine, little cat. Prince is a fine, big cat.
They have their own room. I open it up and let them have access to a hall, bathroom and another bedroom--but only under supervision. I have it blocked off from the rest of the house with the screen from the fireplace. This way, they can explore and Thunder can watch them.
Last time they were over, Maggie was a big problem. Every time she would see them, she would bark aggressively and try to lunge at them. I had to have her locked up in her bedroom or outside for them to have free time.
This morning, I went in to check on them--and set up the screen, just in case. I was greeting them; when Prince snuck out into the hall. Before I could herd him back into the room, he was sniffing noses with Maggie through the screen. Maggie got much praise! I couldn't believe she was so good.
I went and got some treats so I could click her for her good behavior. This is how I introduced her to Thunder all those years ago. I asked her to set and watch the cats, and I clicked and treated her for it.
It was going wonderfully. That is, until Prince walked up to her and hissed at her through the screen. Maggie defensively started to bark and carry on. I yelled at her, and she stopped. Prince dashed into the bedroom. Pumpkin was in the bathroom and was afraid to come out. I had to carry him back into the bedroom. I couldn't get mad at Maggie. Prince tempted her too much.
We worked on the lesson later in the day. Maggie was doing reality well, and then she got into puppy play position and started making noises. I yelled at her for that, too. Even though it wasn't that aggressive, I don't think I want her trying to play with them through the screen.
I was worried about them trying to get over the screen. Pumpkin did once, last time. Now that they know what is on the other side, they are much more careful.
Maggie and Thunder just watch. It is giving them a lot of entertainment!
Saturday, April 28, 2018
But we had cats. Specifically 3 Siamese. They were named Rima, Ping and Pong. Rima was temperamental and taught us kids manners around cats--but never with her claws out. She would swat us but never hurt us. The two boys were always gentle. I used to hang out with Pong; all the time. I followed him around the house, and we took walks outside.
A stray found our house. He was friendly, but my dad didn't want another cat. He hung out for a week--and then disappeared for a day. When he came back, he was limping. My dad melted, and we got another cat. His name was Catnip. I followed him around the house and took him for walks.
I loved them all. They were my best buddies.
All that time around the cats, just watching them and playing with them taught me so much about cats. I am very good at reading their emotions and understanding them. Because of it, I do well with temperamental cats--and I like the challenging cats. My boyfriend has two cats. Fall is a sweetheart, but Arbez is known as "The Queen of Mean." She's not mean with me--I am the only one who can pet her besides my boyfriend. She is always on my lap, purring. I get along great with Princess, the barn cat. She is the most horrible cat I have ever met. She loves people but has no patience for us. We never know when she will attack, so most people ignore her. She loves me and comes when I call her--follows me everywhere--sits on my lap all the time--and hisses at me when I remove her. I can tell when she is going to "the darkside" and avoid injury.
I befriended a feral black tom cat that lived at our barn. He was caked with dried mud, and he let me remove it all--and he was devoted to me from that day on. I still cry about the day he died... I named him Blackster, and someday, I will have my own black cat and I will give him that name.
I can sure go on about cats...
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Pumpkin was just a tiny kitten. There was nothing tiny about Prince. He was a demanding, and adorable, tyrant. I am really looking forward to having them over, again.
Thursday, April 5, 2018
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
I downloaded "Happy Cat: The Movie" from the library's website, Hoopla. With my library card, I have access to hundreds of free movies, TV shows and music. It is pretty neat. Anyway, I never expected that Thunder would be all that interested. Unlike Ellen's cat, he has never showed any interest in TV.
Thursday, March 29, 2018
He is very insistent. He tells me what I want by crying. I go to see what the problem is--and he takes off trotting as fast as his paws can carry him--back to the room with Red Blanket.
Who can resist? I certainly can't. I finally gave up and spent the rest of the evening in there with him.
I draw the line on sleeping in there, tonight. We are sleeping in a bed--that is all there is to it. Silly little cat.