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Critter Photo #11

Posted on: April 18, 2016

AwwwMondays-Puppy-AvatarWith our household of critters having expanded to include three cats and a dog, I thought it fitting to join a meme related to pets. After searching around, I came across Awww….. Mondays. The one rule is: “Post a picture that makes you say Awww…. and that’s it.” Every photo seemed to feature a pet and so the meme is a perfect fit.

When one goes from being a single-cat household to a multi-cat household, there are new things one needs to figure out. For example, how do you tell when two cats are bullying one another and when they’re simply playing with each other?

At the start, my husband and I could easily recognize that Cinder was bullying Bootsie. Cinder would sit in the middle of room entrances. If Bootsie tried to approach any of those entrances, Cinder would stare, hiss, and even jump at Bootsie. She did this with litter boxes too, even though we had one for each cat and an extra. At the cat tower, Cinder subjected Bootsie to the lower rungs. As for meal times, after gobbling down her food, Cinder would barge up to Bootsie and try to eat hers too. In doing all this, Cinder proved that size doesn’t always play a factor in the bullying world. Her build is much leaner and she weighs a few pounds less on the scales.

Once Cinder began allowing Bootsie to roam the house and to claim certain areas as hers, that’s when we started feeling more confused about their interactions. Cinder seemed to have become more accepting of Bootsie’s presence. So was her sniffing and then batting at Bootsie her way of trying to initiate play? Was her darting towards and then away from Bootie her way of trying to romp? Was her bumping into and circling Bootsie her way of trying to roughhouse? Even now, months later, we’re still trying to figure their relationship out!

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6 Responses to "Critter Photo #11"

Cats are certainly different critters. eventually they work out their differences unlike humans. But for good measure sometime a good swat while the other one is walking by is still common for them. Have a good week and thanks for sharing.

Yes, cats are different! I enjoy every day learning from my trio.

Thanks for your visit. Enjoy your week!

cats can be a bit persnicitity! ( or however one spells it!)

I had to look up persnickety to remind myself of what it meant. 🙂 Yeah, that description suits Cinder. She does like a precise and careful approach. Ha! She might even share that trait with me. 😉

Awww they are adorable and then some. They work out their issues at some point, but you’re right it’s hard to know if they are being nice or not.

Have a purrfect Awww Monday. ☺

One way I know that Cinder and Bootsie have at least somewhat accepted another is that now all three of our cats often sleep together at night on our bed. Not so long ago, Cinder wouldn’t allow Bootsie anywhere near the bed. Have a purrfect week. 🙂

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