It is Sherman’s First Birthday. No longer a kitten!
It’s strange, I had a hard time finding pictures of him that look young. He wasn’t tiny tiny when I adopted him. He had a bit of a cold and some goopy eyes so he napped a lot early on.
Early on he showed his cat crisis resolution abilities…if this isn’t his first meeting with Rhea it is close to it, and he-s right up in her nose without any bad reaction. I have some other pictures with him exploring downstairs and Rhea following him at a distance fretting.
This is in early December when he was feeling a little better and he’s quite a bit smaller than Rhea is…now they are the same size.
Today he had a good time playing with Grant, watching a cat video or two, and having a nice visit with Anna.
I went into the office and this cat tree had fallen down toward my desk. I propped it the other way for a bit and crazy Rhea and Sherman leapt up onto the platforms which are canted at about a 30 degree angle. Rhea kept clambering up, and I held onto it to keep it from banging a window.
Sherman was smart enough to go back to the ground and watch. This may look flat but I am shooting down to the floor. The friction strips on top of the platforms helped Rhea do her climbing.
Having conquered the top, Rhea took longer to go down but she made it. I took the tree down and lay it flat in about the only place I could do so in the house. This way the cats can’t make it fall again until I set it up firmly.
Sherman’s hasn’t been a run of the mill cat. He’s friendly enough to people and cats but does not press himself on you. He’s afraid of nothing, but has no need to physically push anyone. He just does his thing and all the upsetness seems to drain out of the room.
I’ve only seen one other cat have the personality to handle Anna’s rages and that was Harrison, but his health began to fail before he could do much. I never expected that even if I found a cat to face her that he would be able to help fix her. Somehow it is not only something he can do, but it something he is eager to do, and not only for Anna but for any of the cats that are upset and out of sorts.