Here we are – the second installment of ‘Tales of Two Kitties’ – yes, way too much time between installments but Mia and Siren were honoring the writer’s strike.
This shows the initial attempts to get Mia and Siren to know and accept one another. Siren seems open to this, I think he wants someone to play with. Mia is not impressed. It doesn’t help that Mia is older than we thought. She is at least two years older than Siren and two years in a cat’s life is a long time. I also think she’s quite content to just hang out on my bed all day – on her purple towel – surrounded by her new toys. She was on the streets for awhile and feels, rightly so, that she deserves some peace and quiet. Siren got here when he less than a year old and is finally showing signs of being happy and comfortable, of feeling safe. So now he wants to play.
After weeks of being kept separate by closed doors it was time for controlled introductions. Siren already knew Mia was here – I made sure they shared blankies and toys and yes – Siren even got to sleep on the coveted purple towel.
Several times a day, for weeks now, Mia goes in the comfy, large kennel. She has toys there and lots of bedding to hide in. It is hilarious to watch Siren watch me carry Mia down the hall and into the living room. The very first time I did it he was very suspicious – he did NOT like Mia touching his stuff, sitting on his floor or breathing in his air. As the days progressed Mia got to like the kennel, she’ll even go in there to hang out all on her own. And Siren looks forward to interaction time – I can’t call it play time since all Mia does is hiss and growl at him while trying to decapitate him through the gate.
Since the time I put this slideshow together we have taken yet one more giant leap for kittie-kind!
Mia and Siren now share the SAME space without safety barriers. Once Mia has eaten her morning meal – she is still on wet food and I don’t want Siren to develop a taste for that – all doors are opened. Siren runs – flies actually – into my bedroom (better known now as Mia Headquarters) and desperately scours the entire room for any wet food dribbles that Mia may have left for him. Then he jumps up on the bed while Mia hisses, he sits there looking confused until Mia gathers up all 6 pounds of her strength and smacks him in the face. He then cries out – only once – and flips over onto his back and does a very odd dance/tantrum – he looks a bit like a giant insect that can’t right itself. He glares at Mia from his upside down position until her hissing becomes unbearable and then he takes off like a bat out of hell, just before she is about to strike a second time. He runs around the entire house, ricocheting off of walls and furniture and then returns to Mia Headquarters to sit in a corner and stare at her.
I will try to get pictures of them together but it’s not easy. I will also try to figure out the video setting on my camera.
For now I hope you enjoy ‘Tales of Two Kitties – Part Deux – Getting to Know You’
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