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June 24th, 2010


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01:25 am - Cat Adjustment - a tale of three kitties (the illustrated edition)
Flash
Earlier today, Flash (a name we all like better than Bolt) was holed up in his carrier in the bathroom.

Flash in carrier
Flash in carrier


The vet suggested that having another cat around might help him mellow out – it did. We took his carrier into the living room and sat it on the couch, with Buddy at the other end of the couch. Flash meeped (very cutely indeed), Buddy ignored him at first and then growled when Flash started to very gradually emerge. Flash kept meeping and came out. Now he has the run of the house.

Flash eating
Flash eating



Buddy still growls – he's a fairly territorial and grumpy cat wrt new cats, but he also adjusts rapidly and won't attack unless attacked. Meanwhile, Flash clearly just wants to be friends, and I expect he'll win Buddy over within 3-4 days at most. Flash's reaction to Buddy's growls is to meep more and look exceedingly submissive. Given that Buddy has always been the lowest cat in the dominance heirarchy, Buddy likely finds this quite confusing. Flash is also getting better with people, we're taking it slow, but he enjoys being petted, until he gets too stressed and needs to retreat.
Josie

Josie on her blanket
Josie on her blanket

For now Josie alternates between the kitchen and Alice's room, and is kept apart from Buddy, because he growled and she charged upon their few couple of meetings. She has calmed down a lot since then, but we've decided to keep her apart until Buddy has adjusted to Flash – which I'm guessing won't take very long at all. I'm not certain how well Josie and Buddy will do, but Flash is too obviously non-aggressive for Josie to have a problem with
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From:lupagreenwolf
Date:June 24th, 2010 09:20 am (UTC)
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What gorgeous kitties! I hope they all settle in just fine.
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From:queerbychoice
Date:June 24th, 2010 09:49 am (UTC)
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Sounds like Josie intends to be boss of the house!
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From:heron61
Date:June 25th, 2010 12:07 am (UTC)
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Absolutely, especially since Flash and Buddy seem to be in a competition to see who can manage to be lower on the cat hierarchy.
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From:lyssabard
Date:June 24th, 2010 12:03 pm (UTC)
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They are lovely and wonderful and I think all will be well. *HUG*
Flash reminds me of you, for meeping. :)

*HUG*

Love you and miss you, my friend.

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From:heron61
Date:June 25th, 2010 12:06 am (UTC)
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I love & miss you also. *hugs*
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From:podisodd
Date:June 24th, 2010 04:32 pm (UTC)
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*throws arms over head* Kitties!
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From:edwarddain
Date:June 25th, 2010 01:11 am (UTC)
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Kitties!
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From:moominmuppet
Date:June 26th, 2010 01:09 am (UTC)
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Wonderful news!

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