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.

Prayer Girl

(Photo credit: KVAWARRE2P)


Anonymous said...

Kitty will do just fine. we have a dog and a cat

Andrea said...

Praying all will work out fine when kitty meets doggie. I am sure you will be blessed by the new furry member of the family.
Blessings, andrea

Steve E. said...

Kitty and Lucky will take care of their world...probably better than we take care of ours.

They have no resentments, no taxes, no bills, no job, no kids, no worries.

And they do all that without being homeless!

They'll just sit around and read books all day.

Love...and PEACE to animals and Peeps.

Zanejabbers said...

Hey PG. The Cat will rule. Thanks for stopping by.

Tall Kay said...

I can feel your anticipation of the arrival of Lucky. Animals do have a way of working things out between themselves so much better then us humans. My money is on your prediction of Kitty's world!

Gin said...

I had always only had dogs, but I swear to you my daughter came out of me saying cat. She is a cat liber through and through. Six-months ago we brought Moxie
the cat home to meet Gracie the dog.

It quickly became a Cat's World here as well. Fortunetly, Gracie the dog is about as laid back as a dog could get so she didn't mind. Moxie hissed at Gracie from under the couch for about 3 days, and then that was it. They are now best friends and inseparable.

Congrats on the new addition. I know Lucky sure is one lucky dog to be coming home with the two of you! Give Bert the cat a little hug from me. He'll be fine.

Shadow said...

aaah, kitty's don't compromised do they... good luck!

DreamDancer said...

=^..^= Meow.. hope all works out well in Kitty's World :)

Paula said...

I love this post. I am so very much a cat person! Yepp, I can follow your predictions - they made me grin. My Oscar died 1,5 years ago in the age of 17 - I still miss him so dearly. Anna, thanks for your eMail address I will write to you today. Love across the pond.

Jess Mistress of Mischief said...

"Cat's and dogs living together it'll be anarchy!" Ghostbusters

But really, it's cool how relationships always seem to form and work their way out between God's creatures...they adapt... we adapt ... to our surroundings; as long as we allow God to move us :)

Lou said...

It will be a shock for Bert for awhile. But I also predict an uneasy truce after a couple of days. Perhaps eventually a "friendhsip" although Bert seems too old for that.

It's always something, PG!

Cat said...

A trick that works with introducing dogs is spraying both animals with your perfume before you introduce them... not sure if that would work with a cat and a dog though!

Mama Zen said...

Good luck to Lucky! It is a kitty's world.

Syd said...

I think that Kitty will adapt just fine. I had a black cat who trained all the puppies. They respected him!

Gabriella Moonlight said...

Cats and Dogs...they do well especially when they realize that the other is not going anywhere, there's just that adjustment phase.

They will become fast buddies and peace will reign again...