Wild Things

Rhea keeps finding new and interesting nesting spots for herself.

It has been an interesting evening with a lot of cats rushing around chasing each other and being chased.  Mostly the Generals, much of the time with Davout, but Rhea got her licks in too.

Grant is a majestic little fellow.

So’s his brother!

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Eerie Cat

Goofy Guy

Sherman was weirding me out.  He was sleeping with his eyes wide open, but his inner white lids closed.  Spooky.

Messy Whiskers

Lookit those whiskers!

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Guys and Dolls

Anna had a little “encouraged” meeting with Grant, which only lasted a little time before she became to agitated to face him and so retired to the sofa seat.  That’s at least better than the window seat, and she didn’t hiss at him.

This time Rhea was second on the scene, and she finally tried a bit of a charge to find Anna but I caught her and generated a little hissing on all sides.

It has been interesting how uniform the reaction of the male cats have been to Anna and her issues.  There have been four so far, with actually quite diverse personalities.  Davout is quite fearful in many ways, Harrison and now Sherman seem to fear nothing, Grant seems of only be wary of me.  Yet all of them are driven to come and follow me into Anna’s room whenever it is open and do the same thing.  They need get as close as they can and face her, no matter if she spits at them or not.

But none of them has tried to fight her or drive her off at all..  Davout is so anxious about her hissing that he tends to avoid going into her sight, and even will bite and hold back all the others from going in to her room and riling her up.  He’s willing to have a physical fight with the other cats for this, but he’s not willing to avoid her and her room in the first place.

Rhea’s attitude is at least understandable.  Anna is crazy.  When she was out and about, she would at a minimum upset Davout if he cut her off from her room with her posturing.  But this has never been her motivation for chasing Anna – she’s usually doing this when nobody’s around but her.

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Little Charmers

Sherman continues to want to come into Anna’s room, and I put her down next to him when I can.  Yesterday she pointedly turned around from him on the back of the sofa, but soon she stretched so that she was within a few inches of him.  She was rubbing on a towel near him.

She then did turn her head around and hiss at him.  But he wasn’t bothered.

Grant isn’t as interested about Anna, but he does often roll around on the floor near me when he wants to be charming.  It started for food, but has spread to just being friendly.  He does rush off if I grab for him, but if he is up on a shelf or high place I usually can pet him without stress.

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Date with Anna

Rhea was napping downstairs so I took the camera up to see Anna.  Sherman was elsewhere but Davout came right up with me.

Anna took some pets in her safe spot, then she noticed Davout in the open doorway and decided to hide in a favorite nook.  But when she saw it was Davout she stopped and lay down and just watched him.

Sherman had arrived but didn’t want to risk a bite from Davout by going by him towards Anna’s room.

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Handsome Davout waiting for a turn with the toys.

….and so does General Grant.

Lovely Rhea and the shoestring….

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String Thing

Sherman gets in his fun playing with a shoestring….I love it when they stand up on 2 legs.

Davout was a little less flamboyant when it was his turn.

Grant chilling on the cat tree.

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Across Thirty Years

This is a sad time of year for me, as it marks the passing of two cats that together cover 32 years of time…from my undergraduate college years to the arrival of Rhea and Davout.

The two of them were linked in a lot of ways…they are my most long-lived cats to date, overlapping for about 5 years from 1997 to 2002.  Cassie, the tortie, lived for 20 years, and Gus of course make it for 17 years.  Cassie died on an April 15,  Gus died overnight on April 16.  Both were passed away at the vets without having to be put down when they stopped eating.  They just didn’t want to be any trouble.

Cassie spent most of her life with another cat, a female tabby (with white) that she liked to posture with and fight from time to time.  Gus spent most of his life with a male tabby, Julius, who sadly only outlived him by a few months.

Cassie didn’t mind Gus, but they weren’t very close since their ages were so widely different and for a good part of their shared time she had health issues and began to spend more time on her own.  Outside of some kittenish mis-steps, Gus treated her well and tried to give new cats a chance himself.

In those years  I didn’t take a lot of pictures, even when I got a digital camera and film costs weren’t an issue.  Starting the blog was primarly a way to get me to take more pictures of the cats.  This is from 2009, I think it is.

This is Julie, on his first day or so here in fall of 2002.  I don’t think Gus even hissed at the little fellow, but circled wide and sat down in the basket to watch him play.

And finally this is from his last months, just a few weeks after Rhea and Davout were adopted and when they were exploring a new and scary house.  Gus again was careful and welcoming and made the kittens welcome.  Rhea struck my fancy because she echoed Cassie’s color without being a carbon copy.

And the kittens learned, and acted the same way with Anna and Harrison and now Grant and Sherman.   Each pair of cats share a single plate like Cassie and Gus used to.  The laws of the household that Cassie set up live on unto the third generation.

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Sharing Time

Davout is so good about letting everyone else go first eating the normal food that I like to give him an occasional special treat.   He even shares that with Rhea.

Himmies look so pretty from above.

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Crazy Rhea Time

The boys are a bit put off by Rhea today….

She’s in a crrrazy mood!  Clawing at odd spots on the cat tree, then when a kitten goes close to investigate she leaps down and runs all around the house, upstairs and back into the bedroom at a dead run.

Now she’s resting and Grant and Davout are rushing around the same path.

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