Feline Fiasco Averted

March 23, 2006

Noni on our bed After a tense few weeks of working things out, two of our kitties seemed to have reached a comfortable zone of feline friendliness (or at least tolerance!). Kanji and Noni are |—| this close to being friends. They sleep on the bed (hence the photo – isn’t she just adorable) and on the living room couch together. They chase each other and even take turns eating, with one waiting patiently for the other to finish. Every so often, Noni still feels like she needs to have me all to herself and reverts to chasing Kanji away, but for the most part she has calmed down around him.

Unfortunately, the feline friendliness factor between Celeste and Noni is still low. They both still hiss at each other and Celeste still hides at the mere tinkle of Noni’s collar. I am trying to stay positive and keep telling myself that she is always the last one to warm up to new things. This is the worst I’ve seen her, though. I’m hoping that by the time the weather warms up, they will all be buds. In the meantime, both Kevin and I are trying to foster a positive atmosphere and continue to play with all of them together, as much as we can.

It’s odd. I’ve heard from a good number of people that adopted an adult kitty from New Orleans and all of them report that the NOLA kitty is very protective (almost overly so) of them, pushy to their other cats, overly dominant and jumpy. Generally, they all have very similar characteristics, including Noni. I wouldn’t take similarities into account on a smaller scale, but the numbers are what started me thinking. I’ve heard this over and over again. Which brings me to my odd thought.. I wonder if the trauma of the hurricane did something to all of these cats to make them behave like this. Anyone feel like researching and writing a scientific paper? Heh, only kidding… sort of.

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