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Rosie and Paddy tales/tails

 
 
Vivien
 
Reply Sun 5 Dec, 2004 05:46 am
I decided to create a thread on developments so's not to hog the cat room.

This was the start - we decided to adopt a friend for Rosie our feral cat, now aged one year and raised from a 2 week old orphan -


We went to collect Paddy

- yes we decided he had to be Paddy with all those extra toes - his back feet are equally blessed - he must be a Mikey relative - you don't think they are evolving into a higher species with opposing thumbs do you Roberta? they'll take over the word!

David fell in love with him too so all is well there

he is full of confidence - Rosie is full of resentment and I think frightended of him! She's hissed and growled and lashed out at me if my hand smells of him - she watches him, growling softly. He ambles around playing totally oblivious!

This afternoon after she'd met him, growled, used a lot of bad language and hissed, I cuddled her and she settled down, tucked into me, growling non stop and finally went to sleep - after she'd had a nice long cuddle I saw Paddy climbing up onto the chair and eyeing up her tail which was flicking angrily as she'd detected his presence - I quickly put my hand over it to avert disaster - he then settled down on my legs and she lay resentfully glaring at him for another half hour - he rolled about playing on my legs and then settled for a sleep. Finally she lost her temper and stalked off under the bed upstairs.

We put a tall box across the living room door to confine him to the one room but he's now jumped over it and is exploring - she doesn't seem to be threatening him - just angrily watching from the stairs as he chases an onion skin around the kitchen floor

He's 16 weeks not 12 as they first said. He's so confident compared with Rosie - he's happily eaten, used his litter tray, played, slept on my knee, purred deliriously and been totally unfazed by the rantings of Rosie.

Let's hope stubborn little Rosie can't keep this up too long - she's the one who didn't eat or drink for 48 hours when left with my parents when we went on holiday .....

He's exactly what she needs - playful and as he's confident it may help her to be braver about going outside. When he's allowed out we'll get that cat flap fitted.

I've taken some pics but they aren't brilliant - being all black he's hard to photograph well. ... so this is my new baby - he's steering clear of Rosie when she growls and she isn't threatening him with physical violence (just verbal) - he's still confidently exploring


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v607/vivien/1epaddy4.jpg



Sunday morning:

We kept them apart overnight, Paddy had the living room and Rosie the rest of the house (she usually sleeps in our room anyway). She grudgingly gave me a cuddle. This morning she watched him with less growling but is still very cross. I think she's beginning to realise that he's here to stay and not really a threat. She still hisses at my hand if I've stroked him.

He on the other hand is eating, exploring, being very very cuddly and purring non stop. He's utterly adorable. I'm working hard on making sure Rosie isn't left out, telling her constantly how beautiful she is and what a good girl (when she stops growling!) - 'good girl' is one of the phrases she definitely understands.


I think Paddy is going to fall off the sofa at any minute the way he's rolling about on the edge playing.

I think his eyes will be green - he's still young so they are mostly black - just little glittering gems against this puddle of fluffy black fur. Rosie's eyes are a beautiful amber.
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msolga
 
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Reply Sun 5 Dec, 2004 05:56 am
The Rosie & Paddy thread! This is going to be great fun, Vivian! Very Happy
I'm looking forward to their first photograph together.
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Vivien
 
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Reply Sun 5 Dec, 2004 05:58 am
mmmm! g'day, not sure when that will be!

Rosie has just been down for breakfast - she refused it earlier - played a bit throught the banisters, no growling though and then took herself off upstairs to bed again, refusing to be caught and held.
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msolga
 
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Reply Sun 5 Dec, 2004 06:01 am
Oh, dear! Nose out of joint, obviously. Poor Rosie, now she'll have to share the attention. Lucky there are 2 of you! Very Happy
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urs53
 
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Reply Sun 5 Dec, 2004 06:04 am
But Rosie is eating. That's good!

Our two monsters are brother and sister so they don't know anything else than being together.

I am very much looking forward to lots of Rosie and Paddy stories! And pictures!
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Vivien
 
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Reply Sun 5 Dec, 2004 06:28 am
tiny tiny progress - Rosie is obviously interested - she came back downstairs within minutes and came and had a close look at him (inches) without growling or hissing.

She then came and almost played with me and is now sitting in the hall watching him chase his tail! - this is a big improvement on yesterday when she refused to be in the same room.


We're just trying to give her loads of reassurance that she's still loved and that Paddy isn't going to eat her!

Paddy just settled in immediately as though he'd always lived here - he's currently flying all over the place - sofa to windowsill to me to himself and round again ..... He talks as well which is endearing - looks you in the eye and miaows at you. Very Happy


urs - my friend adopted a brother and sister, who were inseperable as kittens - but when the grew up the male bullied the female terribly, doing spiteful things like sitting just inside the cat flap and not allowing her back in! it is lovely that yours get on so well.
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msolga
 
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Reply Sun 5 Dec, 2004 06:31 am
She's probably thinking: "Boys!" Evil or Very Mad <sniff!>
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Vivien
 
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Reply Sun 5 Dec, 2004 06:42 am
probably! and I'm not even sure if she knows she's a cat! she needs to learn how to socialise with other cats bless her

she keeps creeping up and down stairs and watching though so we're definitely moving forward. Like the shy kid who wants to join the game but daren't ....
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msolga
 
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Reply Sun 5 Dec, 2004 06:45 am
She'll come good, not to worry, Vivien. Besides, you know kittens ... soon he's going to zonk out after all that manic energy. THAT will be the moment for a Rosie inspection! Very Happy
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Montana
 
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Reply Sun 5 Dec, 2004 08:24 am
Ohhhhh!!!! What a sweet new kitty you've got there Vivien. I know Rosie is a bit ticked off right now, but it sounds like she's getting over it slowly and I'm sure they'll be friends real soon. Rosie is young and she'll grow to enjoy having a play mate.

Good luck and have fun.

My kitten thinks she's human too, lol :-D
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Vivien
 
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Reply Sun 5 Dec, 2004 11:10 am
Montana wrote:
Ohhhhh!!!! What a sweet new kitty you've got there Vivien. I know Rosie is a bit ticked off right now, but it sounds like she's getting over it slowly and I'm sure they'll be friends real soon. Rosie is young and she'll grow to enjoy having a play mate.

Good luck and have fun.

My kitten thinks she's human too, lol :-D



your kitten is absolutely gorgeous Montana - any new [email protected]

Them having fun together is the general idea but progress is slow - he's disappeared ?upstairs at the moment - that's where she's sulking. He has the sense to back off if she hisses so I'm not too worried.

Still making a big fuss of her at every opportunity and she's thawing.
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sozobe
 
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Reply Sun 5 Dec, 2004 11:33 am
Congratulations! I'm a sucker for black cats. OK I'm a sucker for all cats, and I guess calicos are at the top of the list. But black cats with green eyes -- oooh!

Looking forward to more stories! Rosie is such a personality.
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Vivien
 
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Reply Sun 5 Dec, 2004 11:39 am
a spiky thorny little rose at the moment though!
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Montana
 
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Reply Sun 5 Dec, 2004 11:47 am
I do have some new photo's and I will post them when I get the chance. Cali is still beautiful and she would look so cool next to Paddy. My son and I came very close to taking home a black kitten along with our pure white Cali, but 2 cats would have been a bit too much for us. I do kick myself sometimes though, because I know it would have been great for her to have a playmate. She does get plent of attention from all 3 of us, so I don't feel too bad.
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Vivien
 
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Reply Sun 5 Dec, 2004 04:55 pm
Cali looks blissfully happy in the photos you've shown.


Rosie still isn't happy - Paddy has been chasing her up and down stairs! she doesn't know what to make of it but runs away and then hisses. He's so unfazed it's amazing! He's desperate for her to play. he keeps dancing and prancing in front of her and miaows an invitation to chase him ......<hiss, spit, growl from under the desk>

I think I'll have to shut Paddy in a separate room when I go out, just in case of harm but we're trying not to interfere too much at the moment, just doling out lots of love and reassurance to Rosie and having hysterics at the sight of a great big tiger running away from a small fluffy panther!
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msolga
 
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Reply Sun 5 Dec, 2004 11:07 pm
Actually, Vivien, it might be a good idea to leave them together when you go out. I don't think anything really MAJOR will happen. And it'll give Rosie a chance to check him out without a sympathetic audience. :wink:
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Vivien
 
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Reply Mon 6 Dec, 2004 04:15 pm
I try not to interfere - had to a while back to stop Paddy intimidating her too much! Tomorrow I'm home all day and can leave them to it. I just worry that if she really turns on him in fear she might hurt him

She is better today - met me and cuddled me when I came home from work - I gave her chicken in the kitchen on her own before going to see Paddy.

She went off huffy but came down to investigate quite quickly and has stayed in the living room with us all evening. Paddy has been pleading with her to play - prancing about and miaowing - all she does is hiss if he gets too near and run and hide if he doesn't stop!


[img]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v607/vivien/1erosieandteddyhidingfrompaddy.jpg[/IMG]

Rosie and her teddy.

She sat on the windowsill behind the curtains for a bit to hide - then Paddy looked at Rosie's teddy and I said 'that's Rosie's teddy' - she instantly poked her head round the curtain to make sure he wasn't having it! (it's one of the phrases she knows). She settled there and David gave her the teddy so she held and chewed it for a bit - Paddy then got brave again and kept jumping up and bopping her throught the curtain - major hissy fit so I rescued her by moving him as she was trapped there!

I gave her a cuddle earlier while Paddy slept on himself's knee, she melted into me all sweet but with a low grumbling swearing about how displeased she is! weird combination - she eventually remembered she was meant to be sulking and went off again.


Oh - and this morning had an awful start - we'd given them both the run of the house last night and himself had been up for about an hour and me for about 40mins and Paddy hadn't appeard - Rosie seemed more like her old self and quite calm and eating well. We both secretly began to wonder if he was somewhere injured .... or worse. We searched everywhere and called and called - nothing. Finally he just appeared - relief! Very Happy we both then admitted we'd feared the worst.

he's trouble!

[img]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v607/vivien/1epaddyportrait.jpg[/IMG]

the little grey patch on his leg is where he was shaved for injections during his op
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msolga
 
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Reply Mon 6 Dec, 2004 05:34 pm
What a wonderful photograph of Rosie with her teddy, Vivien. Beautiful! Very Happy

And of course, a delighful photograph of Mr Trouble! Laughing

I'm sure things are going to work themselves out. It's just the stress for the 2 humans as it happens! Laughing Rosie just needs to rediscover the joys of cat play after thinking she's a person for so long! She will! Very Happy
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Vivien
 
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Reply Tue 7 Dec, 2004 03:45 am
late last night Rosie started chasing him! a bit aggressively with much growling and hissing but at least she's striking back (not literally so far!) - he had to run - but kept coming back straight away for more, so though he knows when enough is enough and discretion the better part of valour, he isn't really intimidated.

Let's hope this is the beginning of her realising that this can be FUN!

We kept them separated overnight in case this new found bravery ended in him getting hurt.

This morning he came up to visit me in bed when himself got up and released him from the living room. He curled up and purred for a while with Rosie watching from on top of a chest where she tends to sleep at night on a blanket. When I got up and stroked her she accepted it cheerfully and didn't hiss because I'd been stroking him - definite progress!
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msolga
 
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Reply Tue 7 Dec, 2004 05:47 am
Rosie chased Mr Trouble!? Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing
Things are looking up! Very Happy
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