This Friday: Tweety Comes Inside!
Yes, the sweet Tweet is coming inside! The Boss really likes her, as she's so sweet and friendy. Since I work nights and we don't see each other all week, we talk on the phone twice a day. He always tells me about what she did.
I had put a dog house and cat tepee on the carport, but I never saw her get in it. I tried putting the tepee on the steps right by the door, so it would be higher, like a cat likes, but it was wider than the steps, so I figured if she went in, it would roll over.
Then one night, The Boss told he she went in the tepee. Then he said he had put the tepee on the steps before she went in. I mentioned I had tried that, but was afraid of rollover. Guess what? He got two old paint cans to put on the lower steps to provide a wide enough platform! The other night when I came home from work she was in there and he told me this morning she was there this morning.
She is so sweet and comes running when called. Now the problem. Catfish comes to the fence and looks at her for a second, then gets bored. Tarzan, however, is another story. He's always been a meower, and now he meows at Tweety. He stares at her whenever he can see her. The meows are getting a bit less intense, and he doesn't hiss or act mean, just watches her every move. Today Tweety got real close to fence where he was and he hissed and yeowed, scaring her away. She is not afraid to get close the fence when he's there, but she is not curious and doesn't try to engage him. I will sit with her right outside the fence where he is, and all he does is stare and meow. Or if she is running along the fence, he runs along inside. Do cats feel more protective of their space if there's a fence?
So any advice is appreciated. I always figured he'd be the most accepting of a new cat between him and Catfish. The plan is to bring Tweety in a carrier into the yard and set her down and keep it like that for awhile as I stay with them. Then I'll take the carrier inside and do the same thing. And then I'll let her out and see what happens! The Boss was afraid if I let her out in the yard and there was a fight, they'd go under the porch where we couldn't get to.
I'm off Friday and Saturday, so I plan to just stay with them all day to see what will happen, and if no blood flows, I'll spend the night over there too.
So what do you think? This is new for me and I'm already sweating bullets!
Picture above is Tarzan with his face pressed up against the fence, looking at Tweety, who below, is just sitting there being a good girl. I think Tarzan is afraid if she comes in she'll steal Catfish away from his loving arms! I'm hoping since they are boys and she's a girl and they're all fixed that it will go fairly well. I do expect some hissing and squalling until they get their order settled. Catfish and Tarzan had a few tiffs before Tarzan came inside, and in fact, once in a while still have spats! Wish me luck!!!
posted by Sandy at 10/31/2007 11:33:00 AM