Thursday, May 11, 2017

Thankful cat Thursday: Happy for the harmony

Two cats in a windowsill

At first glance, this looks like a pretty simple photo of two cats in a windowsill. In reality, this is a photo that was 1 year in the making. And this Thankful Thursday, I'm happy to explain what happened.

Fergus, the little (not so little now, I suppose) Siamese on the left here came into this household as a bottle baby about a year ago. Since he was a bottle baby, he doesn't have excellent cat-to-cat manners. In fact, he's sometimes pushy and rude. He doesn't know better, but he can be overwhelming to the cats he lives with.

Maggie, the tuxedo on the right, has lived with Fergus since he came home. Unlike the other cats in this household, including shy cat Popoki and blind cat Lucy, Maggie is extraordinarily patient. She let Fergus crawl on her and pounce on her and attack her with very few complaints. She didn't overcorrect him, and she didn't run in fear from him. She seemed to forgive him because he was a kitten.

All of her hard work is paying off.

Fergus still relapses from time to time and attacks my Maggie in play. She continues to give him reminders about what means play and what means cuddle. And she rewards him with purrs and proximity when he's gentle and quiet.

The result is a much gentler Fergus who has better cat skills he might put to good use in the future. And, he is just starting to share space with his dear sister without either cat feeling the need to run away or fight.

This Thankful Thursday, I recognize the patience of my older cat. Her hard work is making my cat a better cat. Without her help, I know we wouldn't be here.

Do you have a trainer cat in your household? Leave me a note in the comments and let me know. And be sure to join in the blog hop, as sponsored by Brian's Home. You'll be glad you did.

6 comments:

  1. That is wonderful, and you did a super job beautiful Maggie! Thanks for joining the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

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  2. Maggie is a great "Mom" to him, so sweet.

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  3. not so much a trainer cat, but the older cats met Junior was he was 3 months old and just live trapped. he doesn't "speak cat". Daiquiri came AFTER Junior and she doesn't know he's a dork :)

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  4. Such a sweet story. Maggie is a wonderful teacher.

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  5. It makes life so much easier when our fur babies are friends. I'm glad that Maggie was so patient. ♥

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  6. It's great when they all are furiends. Good job, Maggie!

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