With 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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