It’s come to my attention that I might like to balance yesterday’s post with what’s true today. So let me intersperse text and pictures in a quick one here, and then get back to the boys (and work).
Item: Fangie’s nasal discharge continues to improve steadily. Now the gouts of stuff when he sneezes have gone; he just sneezes only occasionally and there’s a little drippiness, that’s all. His breathing is chuffy when he’s excited, but I believe that’s normal for him, given his health history.
Item: The bitey really does appear to be related to the need for him to blow off steam. After all, he’s had a long journey no matter how cool he was with it, he’s doubtless missing Chrystal and his old home and playmates, he’s confined to a small room even if it is stocked with every convenience I could think of to put in there, and I’m dividing my time between him and Bugs and work – and this blog, so I need to make this post a short one – and the more time I can spend in play with him, the less he bites.
Item: He really, really wants to meet Bugs. I’m guessing he can’t understand why Bugs isn’t more reasonable with his perfectly amiable request.
Item: He really, really wants to explore the territory. This morning he broke out of Base Camp as I was going in – so I put Bugs in Base Camp and let Fangie run around for half an hour. No spraying, no yowling, no destruction from either party – just Fangie scampering around the new territory in his cheerful Fangie fashion (and eating the food I had down for Bugs, which Bugs had only pecked-at).
Item: Bugs is still teetery and jumpy, and still won’t eat, and hisses from time to time at Base Camp door.
Item: Bean is hanging in there.
So, friends, all is well in the household. As well as can be expected.
Love the photos Anita…Fangie’s SO cute! Glad all is going well.
I’m looking forward to you meeting him, Christine. You might not believe how cute he really is in person. Almost unbearable!
The turf swtiching is one of those ‘getting to know you’ tricks that they suggest. Bugs may be a little calmer now that he’s seen the room and knows it is almost like it was.
I think he did seem to be, Oldcat. In fact, I’m working on a theory that the two boys really do want to know each other, despite moments of aggro. And now we’re in quarantine, I really think this is so. More in another post, asap.
Maybe allowing them to swap places will help Bugs get used to Fandango (love that 🙂 After all hitherto Bugs was having it all his own way!
Doing the fandango? “Fandango is a lively couples dance, usually in triple metre, traditionally accompanied by guitars and castanets or hand-clapping . . . .” How perfect is that?
Glad things are settling in. And keep in mind that it has only been a few days…sounds like progress has been made already. I have seen adoption transitions take 4-6 weeks. I have no doubt that Fang’s snotty issues were related to the move….stress is hard on a cat and most just don’t do change. I know it can be frustrating to hope that everything is going to go smoothly and then have your plans changed by the cats. But give them and yourself a little more time….
Oh I think everything you say is true, RF, thank you. Except I think in my case I over-concentrated on the stress contribution and this made me a little slower than I might have been to get that he was really sick also.
I wasn’t sure…but now I think I am… is his tail really super thick and fluffy? I thought he was just floofy to make himself bigger, at first…
I know! I thought so too! But his tail is simply inherently spectacular. I want to get a close-up picture of it to show you. Plus his legs are a little stockier than Bugs’s. So so cute.
Just checking in. Looks like things are going great, specially for only a couple days together.
Hang in there, Bugs. You’ll get a chance to sniff noses sometime soon.
Yes! Soon now looks like two or three weeks, given the quarantine. That’s soon. I keep telling myself.
You’re doing great, and so are the kitties. I know it probably seems longer because you’re in the middle of it, but it’s only been just a few days. And for just a few days, they are acting like two kitties trying to figure out what’s going on and what the new life order will be. Bugs will settle down and eat when he realizes he’s the top cat. Fango will get better when he gets use to the new climate/location. Just hang in there a little longer, you’re doing great!
I think, Andrea, that if I operate on the idea that Bugs really does want to participate, he seems easier. This morning I put his food down in his usual place and he wouldn’t eat — but he did when I moved it closer to the door. How about that!
Glad things are going so well!
Abby, I’m so glad to welcome you — and to share the gladness all round. Thank you!