Monday, September 10, 2018

First Contact

Raleigh is still in my bathroom. He seems content to be there for now, but has been peering around the corner out the doorway, when it is open. I have been leaving it open, under my supervision, a bit more now, to accustom little Peachy to the sounds and smells in the apartment. When the door is closed, it is not latched, for the same reason.

But I will this week introduce him to the resident beasts. I was hoping to put all of them away in a room or two, except for Josie and Renn - who are the easiest for a new cat to meet - and then release Raleigh for an hour or so. My plan was pre-empted, however, by a certain Siamese princess. She had been sniffing at the bathroom door for a few days, and during the weekend decided to go further.


I was in the bedroom when I heard a series of frantic hisses and a scrambling noise. I hurried out to see Cammie hurrying away from the bathroom in high dudgeon, the bathroom door ajar and, within, Raleigh, looking bemused and startled.

Apparently, Cammie had pushed her way into the bathroom and encountered the newcomer, probably snoozing, no doubt minding his own business, and became outraged that another cat was present. I’m sure she knew this beforehand, as she could smell him. But confirmation merely lent force to her fury.

I hastened to assure Raleigh that the princess was not typical of the cats he would meet in the cosy apartment, though I am sure he has met all kinds during his time on the fringes of a feral colony, and his scars testify that some of them possessed malice that Cammie would never have. Still, of all my cats, I would have wished any but her to have been Raleigh’s initial contact. But life has its way of determining its own course, regardless of one’s intentions - “man proposes and God disposes” - as may be seen by the fact that I now have six cats…

19 comments:

  1. I'm sure Raleigh has had experience with many cat personalities, as you mention. He probably wouldn't have much problem integrating into a multi-cat household. Cammie, obviously, is another matter. And what about Parker? That remains to be seen!

    Gee, I hope your apartment is generous in size. LOL. Good luck! And give Raleigh a nose-tap or cuddle from me, he certainly has my heart.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Replies
    1. This wasn't the intent of trapping feral cats...

      Delete
  3. nothing like meeting the princess first :) glad he took it well

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I think he is an easy-going fellow. I hope so; he'll need to be.

      Delete
  4. It seems Raleigh is so easy going that he was not too upset over Cammie's reaction to finding him in the bathroom. I think in time she will adjust to having another cat in the apartment even if she doesn't like the idea of another "brothfur". After all, she did get used to Tucker, (well sort of). :-)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. She'll get used to him. I just wish she'd like one of them.

      Delete
  5. I have six cats has a nice ring to it. We like Raliegh - he is a special gentle cat.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm glad the new title sounds good, as I think the plot-line is already there...

      Delete
  6. Have your wounds healed yet, John. Your cats are so affectionate even if they have claws.
    I supposed you didn't consult with Cammie before providing a home to Raleigh?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Everything is healing, though not as swiftly as it once did... And to be honest, if I asked my cats every time I added someone to the household, I'd have just one - and no idea which it would be!

      Delete
  7. The Princess! Well...not necessarily now I think on it. She would simply say she hoped or demanded to be the only one.

    ReplyDelete
  8. So glad Raleigh is in your care. Does this mean he's staying in your care as a foster?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. His status is undecided at the moment. But he won't be turned out; he will be with me until he goes to another foster-home (which isn't likely, given how few foster-homes are available) or is adopted (which isn't likely, given that he is FIV-positive.)

      Delete
  9. dood....eye haz been heer in TT for like 7 weekz...N even tho cuzin dai$y livez at cuzin dai$yz houz....deelin with de big katoona iz like deelin with 9 coloneez....sew eye understand ~~~~~~~♥♥♥

    mackerull boomer junior butter feeld

    ReplyDelete