Settling Down

In the early hours of this morning, Bugs, purring, joined me in bed again.  The last time he did this was days ago.  Since then, he’s been doing his Garbo impression.

“I vant to be alone.”

Then, when I set before him his half-portion of real food, he ate it.  All of it.

I do wish that was the happy settling-down that I – that we all – have been waiting for.  Alas, it was not to be.  The direction was not down but otherwise.  Yakk city.  All of it.

The good news, though, is that custodial service personnel were right behind him, in the form of Mr. Fang.  I’m pleased to say personnel did a bang-up job of mopping up.  (The less details furnished on this point, the better.  Let me just say that when I entered into this contract, I did not know I would be subjected, before I had my own breakfast, to the sight of this kind of thing.  My fault I’m sure; I failed to read the fine print.  Doubtless it’s in there somewhere and I just missed it.)

After the by-now-usual morning skirmishes had subsided, Bean repaired to the bedroom to work.

Fang helps Bean write a legal memo.

Bugs shows up; Fang makes his move.

Bugs:  I don’t think so.

I’ll just crowd you out.

Here’s a little extra inducement.

The ground is yielded.  (Come on, Bugs, close the deal.)

Nope.  Bugs slopes off.  Look who moves in.

I like it here just fine.

In the cat-bird seat.

A historic unprecedented first.  Fang actually closes his eyes.

Uh-oh.  Not so fast.

Well, maybe on second thought . . . .

This might work out after all.

And in any case . . .

. . . there’s always Top Shelf to go back to in the end.

About nadbugs

Anita loves cats. This must be because she, too, has had nine lives. She’s been dancing since she could walk, she was a commercial artist and advertising producer, she earned a third-degree black belt in Aikido, she is a drummer with the Afrique Aya Dance Company, she is an attorney, and she’s a meditator and a devoted student of Nonviolent Communication. She also spent one lifetime sidelined with a devastating back injury in 1992. Since then – FELDENKRAIS METHOD® to the rescue. The FELDENKRAIS METHOD is all about dreaming concretely – thinking intelligently and independently by way of a gracious and kind physicality. The work affords all who study it a process by which to reach, with movement, into the mind and the heart, to make nine lives into one whole being.
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25 Responses to Settling Down

  1. Anya says:

    I love, love LOVE those photos – happy Fangie!! Good for him – all will work out, and they will be friends. This post made my day 🙂

  2. Aw, I wonder if Bugs has a bug? Upset tum? I hope he feels better really soon! That custodial service thing… not unprecedented, gross! but not unprecedented at all.
    Let’s look at the good. Hey look at that!! Exposed tummy with the other guy RIGHT THERE! That’s like “Hey dude, I know I got the bed, but you didn’t want in it when I yeilded, so ok, you’re cool, I’m cool, everything is cool” And the laying down behind him then, that’s “Yeah, ok, I’m cool too I guess” So great! more progress! No smacking! Good going guys!!!!
    Keep it up, Bean, you’re doing great here!

  3. I think those boys have the intro licked. No pun intended…around our house it’s called a “warm dinner”! gargh.

  4. Dianda says:

    What a surprise to see Fang and Bugs together in one photo!

  5. They are just fine together! They will play fight, with upsetting-to-a-Bean noises, forever (my boys do, a stern ‘cut that out’ works wonders). I see no issues here, only benefits!

  6. Ivy says:

    I also love, love the photos! They make me all fuzzy inside 😛
    (I’m in denial about the yak thing – LOL) I hope the boys keep up the great work!

  7. Looking good, guys, real good. Next step, one or both actually dozing off when they’re together like those last few photos.

    Purrrrrring that Bugs isn’t sick.

  8. Wazeau says:

    So good to see your photos of the two of them! Good to know the clean-up crew was on duty, sparing you the job… Fang’s belly exposed and all, oh my. Bugs might let it go but I would probably have to nuzzle it a bit.

  9. Holy cow-spotted cat! Look at how close they are in that next-to-last photo, Bean! And they’re both acting cool about it! That’s amazing!!! !!!! ! (I can’t stop exclaiming!!!)

    You’re golden, Bean. The boys will figure it all out and be just fine.

  10. MTVA says:

    Wonderful pictures, especially those last ones in the window. Can it be that friendship will flower, along with the spring flowers ready to come forth?!

    In 30+ years of cats in my life, I never knew about their Sanitation Engineering qualities! Dogs, yes, but I thought cats were Finer Than That…oh well….always something new to learn about our crazy cats!

  11. CATachresis says:

    Those are great photos. I bet you didn’t think they would ever be on the same planet, let alone the same shot! Yuk about the yak, though!! x

  12. Amy says:

    I hope that Bugs hasn’t coincidentally come down with some health issue. Not eating or eating so much less for so many days is worrisome and oughtn’t continue. I love your blog.

    • nadbugs says:

      Amy, I am listening to you with great gratitude. I am indeed worried. We’re going in to the vet later today. In prepping for the visit, reviewing the blog and taking notes, I now see with great concern that Bugs has been off his food pretty much since Fang arrived on January 28. I am now chewing nails because of the coincidence that led me to assume — hope — that this was behavior-related and that things would settle down. They’ve got worse instead. Please continue to stay with us, will you? At this scary time? I feel incredibly grateful for your support.

      • Amy says:

        I wish all of you the very, very best. Maybe Bugs problem is behavior-related. Your introduction of the two cats seems to be going so well – better than I have ever accomplished!

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