The KCC Adventure Team has officially grown! Sassy has joined the ranks as the newest adventure kitty team member. I took her out for some backyard explorations a couple days ago, and she loved it. I just wish I had thought of taking her out sooner. It was actually my husband’s idea, and I am so grateful to him for it.
For those who might not know, Sassy has her own living quarters in our home. She has some temperament issues and can be quite aggressive, so she has to be kept separate from our other 6 cats. Don’t worry though – it’s not like she’s secluded and lonely all the time. Sassy’s room is also my husband’s office/music room, so she has regular human interaction and companionship. We also put the other cats up in our bedroom and let Sassy have free reign of the house for a couple hours every day.
Despite all of this, I always feel guilty when it comes to Sassy. I’ve feel like I’ve failed her because after years of trying to get her to coexist with any of our other cats, I’ve had no success. That’s why you don’t see her on the blog very often. I’ve failed her, and to be honest, I haven’t wanted anyone else to see that.
For a while, I thought that Sassy and Delilah were going to be able to be around each other. We would let them out together for a little bit almost every day (always supervised), without incident. After a while though, Sassy started trying to attack Delilah. Unfortunately, Sassy is FIV+, so one serious bite from her could pass the virus on to Deli. Not worth the risk.
After almost 5 years of trying to get Sassy accustomed to being around our other cats, I recently gave up. This was a difficult and heartbreaking decision, but Bobby and I both just succumbed to the fact that Sassy is not ever going to be able to coexist with our other cats. She obviously has no interest making friends with them anyway, and I suppose that’s alright.
Then, just last week, Bobby had the brilliant idea of trying to take her out on adventures. We rescued Sassy as a stray several years back, so she is used to the outdoors. Theoretically, we wouldn’t have to worry about her being fearful. The hurdle would be getting a harness on her. She bites HARD when she’s mad, and I figured putting a harness on her would make her mad. I was right. I was able to get a harness on her after distracting her with a small pile of treats though.
After sneaking the harness on her, we ventured out onto our back deck and into the back yard. She wasn’t even remotely scared. She confidently strolled around, sniffing things and rolling around in the dirt. She even walked well on the leash, which is awesome considering that she had never been on a leash before. She has great recall skills though and always comes when her name is called, so that helps.
I think having this new, engaging activity to share with Sassy is going to greatly help alleviate my guilt and strengthen our bond. Even though I know she is loved and well-cared for, I have always felt that she is missing out on things by being separated. But having her join the KCC Adventure Team gives her something to be a part of and also gives her an outlet of freedom. I look forward to seeing where she goes on her adventure cat journey, and I hope you all will enjoy reading about it!