But Popoki almost never shows up on or near the couch. Why? Because she hasn't been able to successfully integrate with Maggie and Lucy. Those two girl cats live on the upper floor of the house where the couch is. And for the last 6 months, Popoki has been too afraid and too aggressive to make it upstairs successfully.
All of that has changed this weekend. Popoki has made a pretty historic choice. And I'm so thrilled to share it with you guys for this Sunday Selfie post, going on the awesome hop hosted by The Cat On My Head.
Over the last six months, I've done site swaps and gated introductions with Popoki, helping her to both smell and see the other cats. She has never lived with cats before, and she just didn't understand what they were all about. Last week, hissing and spitting totally stopped and Popoki was able to sleep on one side of the gate while the other two slept on the other side of the gate.
Today, this happened.
Lucy is in her favorite bed, and Popoki is on the bottom shelf of the side table. Everyone is relaxed, with ears forward. They both know that the other cat is there, and they don't really seem to mind it much. And after about 30 minutes of this, Popoki did something even more remarkable. She dropped down a level, and tried to initiate play.
Lucy is still in her bed, and Popoki is trying to get her attention with slow taps on the bed. They played like this for a few minutes, and no one got upset or worried. The whole session came with forward ears, wiggly bodies and relaxed expressions.
A month or so ago, I had given up on the entire idea of integrating Popoki into the household. She was too afraid and too frightened, and she was putting senior Maggie and blind Lucy at risk. But it goes to show that patience works wonders. With love and time and gentleness, even the most damaged of rescue cats can come around. I'm so proud to have seen it happen in my own household.
Do you have a similar turnaround story to share? I'd love to hear it. Tap me in the comments. And have you entered my grooming giveaway yet? There's only a few days left to enter.
And do try to visit the other blogs in this hop. I always enjoy what everyone shares.