I love having housemates who actively like the cats. After 4 people who dealt with them in varying degrees of tolerance (to outright intolerance in the most dramatic case), I now have two housemates who really like having a Ceiling Cat and a Basement Kitty around, and the cats like them back, spend time in their rooms and are generally affectionate. Tijg has made himself popular by imperiously deciding that chairs and beds are for him to curl up on and keep people company while studying (and also he offers tricks to beg for food sometimes, which has been proudly shown off to friends) and Spook amuses everybody with her batshitcrazy episodes.

It's really wonderful to not have to worry about if they are bothering anybody, and I just plain enjoy sharing the kitteh love. Point in fact: L just came to say that Tijg is asnooze on her bed, and she's keeping him for the night :-)
...plays fetch! She is definitely deliberately bringing me her toy now, and when I don't throw or flick it fast enough (it's a milk cap) she chirps at me. 
Will try to film, but she's very interested in the camera so when I set it up she just sits and stares at it.


Dec. 7th, 2010 11:36 pm
Tijg says he would like Spookie to act normal now and chase him around the house. She's asnooze and he keeps coming up to her and making hopeful prrr? sounds. 
...is recovering. She was staaaarving last night then thundered around the house until 2am with Tijg until I shut Tijg out and her into my room. Then she tromped around on the bed. Cute but annoying.
This morning we went for a long drive. I adopted her from a shelter about 50km away and they have an arrangement with a local vet that the desex surgery is included in the adoption fee, so I had to take her all the way there. Despite freezing fog the drive wasn't too bad. They'd told me it could be until 2pm until I could get her back, and I sat around reading for a bit and then went to the shelter to return the big cage. Spent some time petting shelter kitties when the vet practice they called that Spook was done and I could come get her - barely 90 mins after I'd handed her over. Nice! They started on her because I was waiting and the other animals would be collected after owner's work.
She was very very woozy, which I always find a heartbreaking sight. I dropped by a shop to buy a smaller wire cage for her, since the letting her loose at night thing isn't something I intend to repeat. She was in there for a while, seemed to be less desoriented and got to walk around for a bit, snoozed on the bed for a while.. Tijg wanted to wash her but she told him to bog off. Then she started looking for places to hide and I put her back into the cage, which has a nest of towels and I've built a cover around one side to make it feel less open. She says her tongue feels weird (I think they put a clamp on it to keep her from swallowing it) and she looks all scruffy and sad, but I think she'll be okay soon enough.
..discovered that on top of my pc, underneath my desk is a nice dark nook to hang out.

Then I discovered that the on/off switch of the pc is on the top corner and that she can indeed step on it.

And that I just lost a really long post I'd made in notepad because it started as a small scribble.

Bah. Evil.

Cats & Dog

Nov. 18th, 2010 10:48 am
My housemate's mother is visiting with her dog. Tijg has met this (very friendly but overly enthusiastic) dog twice before and has come to a degree of comfort when he's in the house. Tijg is also not afraid to chastise dog when he gets too in-your-face. Dog, used to feline supremacy, is both deeply fascinated (wants to play), and properly respectful of cat claws :-)
This morning at 4am though, Tijg woke me up to notify me that There's A Dog In The House, and this Concerned Him. I let him out of my room to stand guard in the hallway, which he did (right in front of Dog's Door) until my housemate got up.
Dog's owner brought a bench along and this morning dog was in his bench in the door opening of housemate's room. Tijg went and sat right in front of him for a while, which was funny. Spookie also came to investigate, though a bit more hesistant - she is clearly also used to dogs to some degree. They they both sat in my door opening, sat just so they could look around the corner and keep an eye on the dog. Cute. I took video, though it's probably rather dark.


Nov. 16th, 2010 10:56 pm
Spookie is teething. I'd forgotten all about that! Poor thing keeps licking and pawing at her mouth.
I usually let Spookie out of the bench about half an hour before I feel ready to get out of bed, and she usually gets onto the bed and either snuggles and purrs (LOUDLY) or pounces my toes and any other limb I dare to move. Tijg has resumed his habit of sitting on the corner of the mattress for a while. So it's quite cozy on the bed just before I get up :-)
Sometimes they are both playful and things devolve into Battlefield Arwen, with pouncing across the bed and such. It's cute when Spook does it, but Tijg is really too heavy to land on me like that!
This morning though Spookie came up to the head end to purr at me, and Tijg was there too and he licked her head! Only for a moment, but she looked so pleased, and it was very cute. They may end up cuddling yet?
Still trying to teach her about the cat flap in the door. She sits on the other side and makes pathetic meeping sounds..
I'm really happy with how things are going! Tijg seems happy and meows less, and he seems very pleased with having her around. They do little chasing games and last night they were each on a side of the overhanging couch cover and playing through it. He also seems to invite her to chase him sometimes. Very cute. I wouldn't have dared to hope seeing this develop so well so soon. PIX! )
Ah yes, the challenge of 1) getting both cats in the frame, and 2) getting a white cat and a black cat to look good together!

Basement kitty is maybe going to be Spookie, or maybe Ninja. I can't figure it out.
This morning we had a couple of friendly nose-to-nose moments, and when it all seemed rather curious rather than stressed I first let BK explore the room and the kitchen and hallway, and then let Tijgje join her. They were a bit cautious about eachother, but there's been no hissing (except one time when she startled him) and they have even done some playful chasing and almost-pouncing. They haven't quite figured out playing together yet, but it looks really hopeful!
I tried to make a quick photo of the peace between Ceiling Cat and Basement Kitten, but it came out too dark. Hopefully I'll have some good light to photograph her tomorrow. It's not easy - she doesn't sit still much!
More approaches from Tijg. A couple of hissy ones and a couple that seemed cautiously friendly/tolerant. Then she pounced him (or tried to, through the cage) and he jumped a metre in the air and that was a small setback :-D
I let her walk around in my room this morning - realised that it's really easy to get her out from under the bed. All I have to do is swish the feather-onna-fishpole around and she's right there :-)
They came face to face through the locked catflap without hissing, and just now she's playing with a milk cap I gave her and Tijg is watching her from about 30cm away. Milk caps are his favourite toy to play hockey with so I think the sound is making him curious, but he's looking friendly/interested, with relaxed soft eyes. Awesome!
Not a bad night. She wakes up when I move around or turn, but she settles back down again nicely.

This morning (day 2) Tijg seems more at ease. He comes into my room and walks around. Most of the time, unless he's in about a metres' radius of the cage, he can have eye contact with her without hissing. He also played hockey in the hallway, stopped to look at her through the open doorway, and continued. (she reeaaally wanted to join in)

Update 5.30 pm - he just came in for scritchies and laid down to have his belly rubbed - clearly getting more comfortable around BK and the cage now. He's also been up on the windowledge behind the cage for a while, sitting there to look down on her without much problem. He still hisses when he suddenly comes face to face with her, but he doesn't 'lock on' as strongly as before.

10pm: he just had a brief but friendly almost nose-to-nose encounter with her. Then she turned around in search of the red dot, then back to him rather fast, and he startled and hissed. The bench is great, I wouldn't have managed without - Tijg very much needs things to happen at his own pace, and it's all his choice like this. BK seems very eager to meet him and join in with his games. Feeling quite hopeful right now.
Very sweet, craves my attention. Starts squeek-meowing the moment I live the room. Played in short busts and mostly slept through the night. I've been working on two-hand stroking for a more enclosed feeling, to work toward picking her up.
Tijg kept walking into the room when it was his dinnertime - coming to get me, but staring at the cage. As long as BK doesn't stare back, Tijg is fine. When she does look at him they both get hard eyes and Tijg hisses and sometimes growls. He came right into the room and up to the cage a few times though.
Katja is here, in a borrowed bench that could house a Saint Bernard. So far she's been remarkably chilled out - she meowed a bit in the car, but didn't seem upset. She immediately started exploring the bench and playing with the toys. She ate a few biscuits and did some very messy drinking. She hasn't used the catbox yet (and I use a substrate that she's unfamiliar with) but I hope that in this small space she'll pick it as the best option when she needs to go. She has a purr like a bandsaw that comes up as soon as you look at her, but she's a bit shy about being touched - she wants to headbutt my hand, but big open handed strokes and a more enclosed feeling is a bit scary. I think she might come around within days though, she's really eager for my attention.

Tijg is a bit upset. He stared through the (locked) catflap but since I've opened the door he just stays in the door opening and pacing the hallway. If she looks back at him he'll hiss and growl. If she's playing or distracted he just stares, and seems very concerned by it all. I'm trying to keep her playing or distracted while he's looking to help him feel at ease. I hope he doesn't take my ceiling cat/basement cat jokes serious and will grow more comfortable with her soon. Right now I feel a little sad about the way he's banished himself from my room - he's always so close to me that I miss just sticking my hand out while I'm working and getting a headbutt from him. I'll have to make sure I still spend lots of time playing and clickertraining with him.
I also want to strangle him right now

No wait, I want to get a kitten. A kitten that bugs him allll the time because it's bored and wants his attention. Until he goes 'Aaaugh, shut up and leave me alone!'
That would be revenge..


Aug. 30th, 2010 10:17 am
Tijgje is in my lap! That sounds like a weird thing to post about but this is actually the first time ever that he's settled down in my lap and stayed there for more than 3 minutes



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