Aby-a-Day – 13 Maj: The fine line between peace and war (Hipstamatic Monday)

This afternoon, the cutest little scene unfolded on the sofa next to me.

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Izaak came to join Lorelai on the Ikea cat bed where she was alternating between napping and birdwatching.

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And Zak started to groom Rory.

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It was so adorable and sweet.

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At one point, Rory seemed to be a little over Zak grooming her.

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But then she succumbed to the ministrations of Zak’s tongue.

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It really was a touching, lovely moment…

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…until, suddenly, it wasn’t.

Aby-a-Day – 2 September: “Everyone knows that if you’ve got a brother, you’re going to fight” (Cinema Sunday)

While Alfred and Izaak will never have the relationship that Alfred and Logan had, they are still the two youngest male cats in the house. They may not be brothers from another mother…but they are brothers, nonetheless.

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And one thing brothers do, regardless of species, is wrassle.

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As of today, Freddy weighs 4.1 kg (9 lbs) and Zak weighs 2.3 kg (5 lbs). Almost double!

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Our little Zak can hold his own against Freddy, though.

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Freddy chews on Zak’s ear, and Zak just waits him out.

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Freddy starts grooming Zak, trying to throw him off and lull him into complacency…

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…It didn’t work.

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In fact, Zak turned on Freddy.

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“The first test is the element of surprise! You FAILED!”

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Zak held Freddy off for a while with nothing more than his Singapura stink-eye.

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The fighting action was so awesome, and it was so hard to capture in a still photo, I decided, hey, let’s make a video! Yeah…that was not one of my best ideas (Click image to view movie in a new window).

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And then, five minutes later…we had this. Boys.

Aby-a-Day – December 15: He sees you when you go up to your brother and do whappy-paws for no reason…

Remember last week, when Jacoby was posing with his cousin from Japan?

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Well, while I was taking photos, Angel came up out of the blue, hissed at Jake, and then just hauled off and whapped him!

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He was so surprised! She’s been doing that to him a lot, lately. I wonder if she likes coal?

Girls, can’t we just all get along?

I’m having problems with the girls. I have never had problems with introducing new cats into multi-cat households…but it’s been almost two weeks and Tessie is unrelenting.

Like this morning. Tessie was stalking her. I even intervened a few times, but then I had to go to work. Sure enough, my husband sent me this email: After you left, Tessie attacked the Angel on the bed. She was hit violently 4 times on the head, she SCREAMED and then bolted away and I couldn’t find her.

It doesn’t help that Angel definitely a rescue. She’s very scared and hides and doesn’t have the confidence to assert herself at all. Tessie isn’t making it easier, either. She keeps on attacking her like this!

It also doesn’t help that she has a cold and is on Clavamox. She doesn’t like to have her claws trimmed or take any medicine and she fights like a holy terror when I try. She is the strongest cat I’ve ever known! She’s also wiry and slippery. I have a few wounds where she’s gotten me with her claws. I actually had to get one of those kitty straight jackets – the vet recommended it!

But once you give her the medicine and let her out of the bag, and comb her, she purrs and rubs and kneads and is just happy and loving. She also sleeps all night in the bed cuddled up with me. When you wake up and start petting her in the morning, she purrs and rubs and kneads…and she eats well.

There’s still some adjusting to be done. Tuesday I came home and she was up on the kitchen counter, and she’d pooped up there – I think she was afraid to jump down where the big girls were…no cat goes on a smooth surface like a marble countertop unless they don’t have a choice.

Yesterday I discovered that someone pooped in the cat tent that used to be Gun-Hee’s. I think that’s Angel too – Kylie plays a game where she waits outside the bathroom when someone’s in the litter box and pounces on them as they come out. She means nothing by it, it’s just her idea of a practical joke and she does it to every one. But I think it really spooked poor Angel and she’s afraid to go in there now, and the tent is safe and secure. No harm done; everything in the cat tent is washable. But it’s worrying.

I’ve ordered a bunch of Feliway refills – I have two of the plug-ins but since everyone was getting along I stopped using them when I ran out of refills and never bothered to get more. I don’t think I can wait for the order to come in the mail, though, so I’m going to Petco after work to get some to use now.

She’s so little and sweet though. But she’s a rescue, she’s may never be the swaggering self-confident cat that Gun-Hee was…although there are moments when her Aby personality shine through. She loves to play in the bathtub while I’m getting ready for work, and she loves to play with anything that moves. She’s very smart and very observent, too – she sees little reflections moving on the ceiling that other cats don’t notice.

Tessie really needs to get over this. That poor little girl – when she’s like she was this morning you can see how great a kitty she is and then Tessie pulls this and just undoes all the progress I’ve made with her. And it’s just Tess, too…apart from her litter box prank, Kylie’s been a sweetheart and has even licked Angel on the top of her head.

This is a new challenge for me. I’ve never had this problem before.


This is the dynamic I’m talking about…