Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Thursday 10/22/09 - "IT'S A KITTY'S WORLD"
Our home that we share with Bert, our kitty, is about to become one more animal larger. Bert, when very tiny, was saved from behind a woodpile on a rainy day by Mr. Steveroni. Except for a few brief visits by son's dog, kitty has had this home all to himself, animal-wise.
Years ago I tried leaving him at a friend's house when we went on vacation. She had a dog of her own and she reported that Bert stayed hidden for at least 3 days before he eventually ventured out to meet her dog. She knew he was coming out at night because the kitty litter box was seen to have been used and food was eaten.
Mr. Kitty has favorite spots in our house - everywhere. There is barely a nook or cranny that he has not called his own, camped out in, and claimed for perpetuity. I don't know how he will react to our newest canine housemate. I hope Lucky is a lucky dog during their first encounters.
I told daughter today about a cat I had when I was in my early 20s. I owned a dog that I left with my parents when I moved out of the family home and into an apartment. The apartment allowed cats so I, being an animal lover, got one. I ended up returning home to live and kitty and dog met. They worked out a truce between them which worked well as long as they were in different parts of the house. IT'S A KITTY'S WORLD and in my experience cats usually have the upper paw in cat-dog relationships.
At that time we lived in a split level and the family room was in the basement. That cat would sit on top of a cabinet TV and whenever our dog walked down into that room, the cat would jump down on top of her. Kitty never hurt the dog, but loved scaring the life out her. Kitty just loved harassing doggie.
Today is the last day for a while that Mr. Bert will live in the world he has become accustomed to. Bert has only his back paw claws (but he sure knows how to use them), his teeth, and his growling and hissing noises to make his wishes known.
Here are my predictions.
I predict kitty will go into hiding when doggie arrives.
I predict that there is no doubt he will stake out his territory once he comes out of hiding.
I predict kitty will firm up his position in the household quickly and definitively.
I predict that in the end it will be "Kitty's World".
I hope he will come to love Lucky as daughter, hubby, and I do.
I predict that if he does, they will end up fast friends forever.
(Photo credit: KVAWARRE2P)