|Eamon and Sinead in a rare moment of peace.|
Little dogs often like to investigate things by smelling them or licking them. Cats, on the other hand, like to observe things from a distance before they choose to come closer. This makes cats and dogs pretty much natural enemies, as a dog runs closer for inspection and the cats run away. There was a lot of chasing in the first few days of Sinead's introduction to this household.
Eamon, however, just doesn't run. He was raised with dogs, including a very bossy Boston terrier, and he's endured many iterations of rescue kittens. He knows that young things are wild and annoying, and he seems to know that running just makes matters worse. As a result, he's been lying down in the middle of the floor and patiently enduring all sorts of very personal sniffing and chewing.
We've now moved into phase two, where he's teaching her how to play appropriately.
|Sinead performs a play bow.|
|Introducing a toy.|
|Eamon's had enough.|
I trust Eamon not to hurt Sinead, and I watch their body language carefully to ensure that everyone is having fun. If anyone seems too loud or too uncomfortable or just too excited, playtime is over. I also don't allow Sinead to do anything like this with any of the other cats in this household, as they don't like to play with her and I think that kind of play might end in tears.
However, a trustworthy cat with very good skills can be an invaluable ally in allowing a puppy to learn how to play with and get along with cats that aren't friendly with dogs. I'm grateful we have Eamon, as I think all of our cats will benefit from all of the work he's doing.