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Just a cat post - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
Just a cat post
I'm going to start the new Shades segment in a sec, but I must report a minor wonder. I'm letting Jelly Roll and Cinderpelt spend more time together, and the last thing in the world I would have expected seemed to be a bonding experience. Jelly is horribly food-jealous, because the vet has him on a diet, so I've been trying to keep Cindy away from his food. Today, while they were on a semi-unsupervised play visit, I noticed that there was no noise at all coming from the dining room, and went in to find them cheerfully sharing Jelly's food. He even moved aside to give her a better angle. This, from a cat who literally lies on top of his timed bowl as soon as the chamber switches and inhales the whole meal in ten minutes.


So breaking catfood together works the same for cats as breaking bread does for us. They've been perfectly friendly ever since, even grooming each other. (And they're both fixed, so I doubt there's any, erm, instinct involved.)
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leeflower From: leeflower Date: August 27th, 2006 12:36 am (UTC) (Link)

Glad to hear they're getting along better than before. Is Jelly being kinder to you?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 27th, 2006 12:39 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah. He doesn't spend as much time with me, but the hissing is over, and today he literally wouldn't let me out the door to go to work until he got a thorough cuddling. So, yay. I'm still a little worried about them playing because he's so much bigger than she is, but she's quick, so I guess if she really needs to get away, she can...
lilacsigil From: lilacsigil Date: August 27th, 2006 01:27 am (UTC) (Link)
Hooray! That's really pretty fast for bonding.
doomandnachos From: doomandnachos Date: August 27th, 2006 04:11 am (UTC) (Link)
Getting an established cat to accept the newcomer is always a happy time. Give them a week or two and they'll become inseparable - my Salvador was cranky for a few days when we adopted Frida, but a week later, he sulked for an entire day while she was at the vet getting spayed. :D

Also, aren't socially-grooming cats the cutest?
dadaginny From: dadaginny Date: August 28th, 2006 01:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
LOL, I wish my kitties would get along. They chow together, but then one somply attacks the other into hiding.
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