I have a problem. My two cats get along most of the time, especially since Bruma spends most of the daytime outside. But sometimes when Gandalf gets his crazy pants on he likes to play rough with her and she doesn’t like it one bit. She hisses, she draws the paw of doom on him but it seems he doesn’t get that he’s not welcome. I usually break it off by clapping or ultimately taking one of the cats with me to be petted and calm the moods around the house.
It seems Gandalf doesn’t understand the hissing language, isn’t bothered by it or is encouraged by it to keep seeking Bruma. I know Bruma is not hissing over nothing: sometimes she’s sleeping and he goes all wrestlemania on her. Out of the blue. I’ve also witnessed when she’s willing to play and even if they’re running all over the house there’s no hissing.
How can I teach to Gandalf to stop when there’s hissing involved?
We are toying with the idea of bringing another kitten but I’m scared he’s going to go all tough love on it. If it helps: Gandalf was fostered by someone that only had huskies at home. He was first introduced to cats when we adopted him at 2 and a half months old. He’s now 1 year and 5 months old. He doesn’t hiss and he barely meows (only to complain that he’s not being fed fast enough or when he’s being handled which he hates). Bruma is almost a two year-old kitty and a really talkative one! Thanks for your insight!
I’ll be honest, my first thought was that Gandalf needs a kitten to play with – it would give Bruma a break, and of course kittens have endless energy. I don’t have any other insight, though, so I’m hoping someone (or several someones!) will have some suggestions. Please chime in if you have ideas!
Also, the phrase – snuggle of kittens — needs to be added to the dictionary. Perhaps with the opposite – a bounce of kittens.
A BOUNCE OF KITTENS. I love that!
Aww, sweet little Dennis and his baby pictures. I’m so glad he finally found his furever home .*wink wink*. I had never realized he was such a scaredy cat. Is he still skittish around you?
He is not skittish around either of us any more – but any strangers who step foot in the house will NEVER see him, except maybe at a distance as he runs to hide under my bed. But with Fred and I, he is completely confident and will let us do whatever we want (though he might complain). Also, he loves to be kissed, and I suspect that’s half the reason he comes into my room in the morning and flops down against me, because he knows I’ll kiss him 130 times all over his face.
I cannot believe it has been three years since the Norbster was with you Robyn. Time flies. Thank you Kirstin for the update. Speaking of that Robyn, maybe you could make a post about the “most popular” kitties you’ve had. I think Stompers, Rocky Horror Pickle, and those little Cheese Doodles would be among the choice picks for sure (not to slight any of the others of course).
Those would be some good Throwback Thursday posts – who do y’all want to see?
I haven’t been paying attention, so someone may have already noted this: Temptations Made a Collar That Finally Gives Your Cat a Human Voice, So It Can Talk to You.
I hadn’t seen that, though of course now I’ve seen it posted all over Facebook and Twitter. It seemed obvious to me that it was a joke, but judging by some of the responses I saw on Facebook, I wondered if I was wrong. A Google search showed me that it IS a joke, thank god. Because I would be scared to hear what our permanent residents had to say – Fred has a bit of a potty mouth*, and you know the air would be thick with profanity if I had the nerve to try to sleep in instead of get up and give them their morning snack!
*Which he got from me.
Creed is still listed as returned. Does he have some problems or something?
Creed was at Petsmart for a while, but he got stressed out and started pulling out fur. He’s back at the shelter now, and doing well. Unfortunately, being at the shelter doesn’t give him a lot of exposure – there are occasional adoptions directly from the shelter, but most of the adoptions happen at Petsmart. As mentioned, he’s doing well at the shelter, and last I heard, he’s the first one to greet and demand love from anyone who enters the cat room.
I’ve noticed weights in some of your videos and am wondering how much the kittens can lift?
Those are 25 pound weights; obviously the kittens like to lift heavy. How do you think they stay so buff and lean?
I saw this online recently and thought it might work well with some cats (you never know – each cat has their own personality) : Cat-In-The-Bag.
I’ve seen that! Has anyone out there tried this carrier for their cat? I’d be very interested to hear how cats react. I feel like mine wouldn’t like being in a carrier like that, but I note that they do offer a 30-day money-back guarantee, maybe I should just suck it up and give it a try.
So, the countdown has begun – mama Regina Phalange will be headed to Petsmart next Thursday! I suspect that her kittens will be attempting to nurse as I’m putting her in the carrier for the ride to Petsmart.
Videos! In the first one, Ken Adams is chasing his tail (until Art Vandelay jumps in to distract him).
And in the second one Chanandler Bong and Princess Consuela are fighting, and they are FIERCE.
2015: Crooked Acres Wednesday.
2014: Thomas Tuesday.
2013: Meet the Dragons.
2012: No entry.
2011: Do you just get lucky with the pictures or do you take thousands daily?
2010: Prince Corbett.
2009: Such a big baby – he was whining at me because I wasn’t petting him enough.
2008: “We iz sleeping pls leave alone thx.”
2007: No entry.
2006: No entry.
2005: No entry.