Some of you may remember a post from a couple weeks ago when I mentioned we would soon be having a houseguest. A woofie houseguest! My husband’s parents have been on vacation for a week now, and we have been keeping their dog Ellie for them. She arrived last Sunday. She wanted to share a few selfies with you today.
Things have been going really well with Ellie here. Delilah, Sampson, and Sophie already knew Ellie, but Sassy and Caster hadn’t ever been around a dog (at least not that we knew of). I was a bit worried about how Caster would react – he can be a bit of a bully. He has been just fine though. Mostly the cats just ignore her, and vice versa. They are all coexisting very nicely. Of course I was hopeful for sweet cat-dog cuddle time, but I am happy with peaceful coexistence 🙂
What has been a huge surprise is how Sassy has reacted to Ellie. As most of you know, Sassy lives upstairs and has no interaction with the other cats – she’s FIV+ and is aggressive. Anyway, we brought Ellie upstairs to meet her to see what would happen. Sassy did hiss a bit, but that was it. She just didn’t want Ellie to come too close. Luckily, Ellie hasn’t been interested in her at all and doesn’t approach her, so Sassy hasn’t felt threatened by Ellie. At bed time, the two of them even get up on our bed… together … AT THE SAME TIME! No cuddling – they are always on opposite ends of the bed – but this is a HUGE breakthrough. I think we’ve discovered that Sassy isn’t actually aggressive – she’s just defensive when she feels threatened. If Ellie comes too close for Sassy’s liking, Sassy gets hissy and runs away, but she doesn’t attack Ellie. The interactions with the other cats have made it seem like Sassy is aggressive towards them, but really I think she was just feeling threatened and lashed out because they were invading her space and wouldn’t leave her alone. Maybe I’m wrong, but this seems like an issue that could be more easily correctable than if Sassy were just flat out aggressive. If we can just figure out a way to keep the other kitties from approaching Sassy, then maybe we can reach a point at which Sassy no longer feels threatened by them and actually becomes comfortable around them. Or maybe I am being too naive or optimistic. I don’t know. I just refuse to give up on the idea that one day Sassy will be able to happily and peacefully coexist with the other kitties. I would love to see them play and even cuddle together.
We all wish everyone a restful and lovely Sunday and a wonderful week ahead!
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