Friday, February 10, 2017

Sensitivity and Change

Tucker continues to be my most sensitive cat. He is the most affected by the introduction of the new resident, Parker. Life is difficult for a sensitive creature, but I try to remind him that he is, no matter what, my favourite roly poly.

During much of the time that Parker is free to roam, Tucker lies on a chair or a cat-tree, out of the way. Other times, he will lie in a cat-hammock, close to the floor, his eyes closed, snoozing. If Parker approaches, Tucker may become agitated and hiss; then again, while on a chair at the dining table, the roly poly may watch the newcomer amble by - the latter’s orange tail even brushing Tucker’s face - with no real concern.

My immediate goal is to let Tucker see Parker walk about, let him get used to the new presence, while simultaneously reinforcing Tucker’s confidence. Since he has very little of that quality to begin with, it may be an uphill battle. And yet, just the other night, Tucker decided to climb down from a high cat-tree, knowing Parker was lying just a few feet away, and waddle over to a heated cat-bed to have a snooze there. When the new fellow got up to leave, he passed by Tucker without either making a sign.

They can be contrary creatures, these cats; their behaviour first in one direction, then in another. Eventually, one direction may win out over the other, and a new attitude will be set. This may take a long time. Fortunately, I have no pressing plans.

13 comments:

  1. Your Tucker and my Alex seem to have similar personalities. Like Tucker, Alex is very sensitive. If I'm paying attention to another one of my cats, he gives me a hurt expression that makes me feel guilty every time.

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    1. I always feel bad giving one attenion where the others can see...

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  2. it is interesting to watch dynamics and how they play out - we wish Tucker the best figuring out the new guy

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  3. I think you have the patience of Job. And obviously an infinite capacity for love of your companions. :-)

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    1. I think these cats have taught me what I know about patience.

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  4. A dear profile of your boy, and an actually lovely family going on there. I enjoy learning of their day.

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  5. dood...total lee off topix but thatz a awesum pro file shot buddy !!! we hope yur dayz a head R good onez for ewe N parker N heerz two a green spotted puffer kinda week oh end two all !! ♥♥♥

    oh, de saga continmewz next week ;)

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  6. He has a babyface, he must have been fixed when he was very young. very cute like a grown up kitten!

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  7. What a lovely photo of Tucker๐Ÿ˜Š Cats are each so unique. I am sure Tucker appreciates your attention and knows he is still first in your heart.

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  8. What a handsome boy! I could just cover him in kisses. Your approach is a sensible one. I think dear Tucker will do just fine.

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  9. It seems that Tucker is getting more accustomed to Parker. With your assurance of his place, and Parker's good nature I think the future is bright. Tucker is a lucky to have you as you are to have him.

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  10. Handsome Tucker, hopefully with your continued reassurance he will keep along this positive path :)

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