BREAKING NEWS: Canine/feline relations suffer critical blow

As Mark works from home, he has also been forced into a new daytime role: pet mediator.

The cats have been pretty pissed about Todd’s arrival… we have seen some hissing and lots of scrambling to get out of his way as he attempts to engage them in play. Jerry seems to have sussed that Todd can’t climb stairs yet, so often retreats to the safety of the staircase to observe from a distance.

Slowly but surely, Jerry has been investigating this new critter who has invaded his domain. Yesterday, when Todd fell asleep on my feet, Jerry climbed onto my lap for a cuddle and a closer inspection. I thought, “wow… progress!”

However, today Mark witnessed the first real interaction. Todd, again eager to play, approached Jerry to smell his face. Jerry reportedly endured this treatment for a few seconds before taking a huge swipe at Todd’s face!

This apparently resulted in much crying and yelping, as Jerry looked on with an air of satisfaction, having put the interloper in his place. As I told Mark, I’m really glad I wasn’t there when it happened as it must have been so upsetting! Is there anything sadder than a crying puppy???

A footnote to this story is that Joey, our gentle giant (see banner at top of the blog… she’s a lovely gal) has pretty much avoided Todd altogether. My prediction was that she would be less freaked out than Jerry but it just goes to show, you can never predict cats’ behaviour.

We’ll just have to continue trying to win back their love with food.

Apologies to anyone who thinks posts about pet behaviour are lame. I find it totally fascinating and Mark and I are probably more guilty of anthropomorphism than anyone else we know!

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6 Responses to BREAKING NEWS: Canine/feline relations suffer critical blow

  1. Sheri says:

    Ahh, I feel your pain. When we brought home spencer, abbey hid in our bedroom for days. The first night i had him locked in the bathroom and had to drag (yes, by the tail) her out from under the couch to dump her in the bedroom. She then proceeded to leave a trail of pee from the couch to our bed.

    Meanwhile Spencer howled ptifully from the bathroom and I was reduced to tears on the couch (while Barry was out for pints with the boys). After a week, she finally came out and let him come near her. But when he got too close, the hissing and swatting commenced. Eventually, Spencer’s agression (and relentless biting and chasing of Abbey) resulted in her coming down with a stress-induced urinary infection (which meant she started peeing on our bed – LOOOVLEY!) and a total state of depression (she’d just lie on the floor and barely move or interact with us).

    In the end, we gave him up because he was the last in the door. But it was definitely diffcult (although not for Abbey – she was back to her old self the next day!).

    I hope things will be better for you guys. Good luck!!

  2. Kitty says:

    Food is always good; the more expensive and laboriously prepared the better. When we first brought Aki home, Chakra glowered and hissed and spat, but Oz retreated under the centre of the bed and meowed faintly and piteously for two days. We (actually, now that I think of it, — I–) had to crawl amid the dust bunnies to bring him water (filtered), cat food (rejected) and finally, tasty little bits of salmon (grudgingly eaten). Then, suddenly on the third day (no religious analogy intended) he emerged, spent a couple of days watching Aki carefully from under chairs and tables, and then resumed his regualr routines as though nothing had happened.

    The advantage you have with little Toddly is that he’s only a baby (Aki was 8 months), and although he hopes these will be playmates for him, it will only take a few encounters like the one described for him to learn that cats are to be respected–and that sad realization will stay in his poor puppy brain as he grows into a large dog. Meanwhile the cats will realize that, although a nuisance, he is not a real threat to their comfort (all that a cat really cares about, anyway), and they will probably just take to ignoring him as beneath contempt, and go back to the life of luxury to which they have become accustomed.

    Sounds like an excellent beginning to a harmonious pet trio! How about more pics of Toddly??? And, perhaps, a couple of the outraged cats?

  3. April says:

    Josie had her first encounter with Todd last night and – much like Jerry – swatted him across the face. I really hope we don’t end up with any cat pee in the bed although at this point I’m sure it would be an appropriate demonstration of their contempt for us and for Todd!

    Actually Jerry did come in for a cuddle last night and this morning (as per his usual routine) – I suspect we’re only a couple of days away from having them sleep on the bed again.

    And fortunately, our bed has storage units installed underneath so the cats have nowhere to hide (and I don’t have to try to crawl underneath to extract them!!!)

  4. markandapril says:

    There was a breakthrough of sorts this morning. Todd was asleep by the side of the bed, and both Josie and Jerry came and lay with me on the bed.

    It’s progress – the first time all 3 of them have been in the same room without it resulting in Todd getting spanked!

    Mark.

  5. gooders says:

    hoot!

  6. Bongo! says:

    What unique fun names you give your pets!

    Are you sure that the cats aren’t just missing their uncle Bongo?

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