Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Contrast this with most views of our cats - lazily curled up in a warm place anywhere in the house. If any of the cats happen to be in close proximity to another, this is by coincidence rather than by design. Playing with another cat...not a chance!
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Max's initial introduction to the household resulted in a frenzy of barking little Shelties and a quick exit on the part of the cats. Surprisingly he was quickly accepted by the Shelties and sometimes even tries to play with them. We knew he "tolerated" cats so we assumed he would leave the cats alone but we found out quite quickly that his curiosity was aroused when they would come near. He will often follow Sadie whenever she walks by - she is not as co-ordinated as the other cats so often is down on ground level instead of jumping from chair to table to bookcase.Spike and Angel are quite comfortable around the other dogs so after their initial apprehension about the "giant" in their midst, they decided he was harmless. At worst, they would occasionally feel a wet nose being pushed into their fur but more often Max would simply watch them as they moved around the house.
Molly, on the other hand, is constantly trying to chase the cats if they are on the floor or poke at them with her paw if they are within reach on a table or chair. In the photo above, Molly is trying to get Angel's attention and is being watched intently by Max. Spike is just behind Angel and is giving a quick tail flick to show he is nto impressed with the tableau unfolding in front of him.
No harm, no foul...the cats are faster than the dogs and when they get fed up they simply run away and jump up to a higher spot that is not dog accessible. Sebastian has no interest in any of the dogs and stays well out of reach, always keeping vigilant in case he needs to hiss at an interloper.
So after 2 months the equilibirum has been re-established. The daily routines have been adjusted to include Max and all animals have either accpeted each other or have an unspoken agreement not to get too close. Max has found a place where he can plop down that big body of his and the other dogs have shifted a little to accommodate him. Since he cannot easily get up the stairs to the second floor, he stays on the main floor at night to sleep. This makes Sophie happy since we now let her stay downstairs with him (she prefers to sleep on the couch in the living room but we rarely have let her stay downstairs by herself. Of course, the cats have free roam and go wherever they like anyway!
Monday, September 22, 2014
Monday, September 8, 2014
Often, one of these kitties will climb up onto hubby's lap or sit on the arm of the chair beside him. If I didn't know better, I would think it was due to the prime TV viewing that the occupant of this chair enjoys.
Sunday, August 31, 2014
Saturday, August 16, 2014
Within 24 hours of cat bed being inserted in the tray, Spike decided to test it out. He just barely squishes that large body into the bed and his paws are actually tucked through the iron circle (top of circle is between his paws and his chin). Since the test, he has been a regular occupant!
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
First in sight was Sadie, stretched out comfortably on the couch, with not a care in the world. Spike, who rearranged himself on the chair several times within 5 minutes, doesn't realize he is too large to fit in this chair. Angel tucked himself into the corner of the couch, asleep almost instantly once he was in place.
And then there is Sebastian. Ever wary...ever watchful. He has been venturing out into the living room, which for him is very brave when there are dogs in here. In an effort to catch him still on the chair it had to be a quick shot ...hence the lack of focus and the unplanned flash. You can see his right paw is not relaxed - rather he is always ready to flee at a second's notice. He will push himself off this paw and be out of the room in a flash.