What a manic couple of weeks… After Sir Patrick the black kitten had his ‘op’ I’ve started letting him out in the garden. From the start I knew introducing another kitty into the household was not going to be easy for Ella, my black cat. Luckily I used to work for Cats Protection so I used their leaflets to advise me. It appears to be a mix of time, Feliway and Dreamies cat treats work for them!
Ella (above, left) very much loves her garden and is not thrilled about the interloper in her midst (above, right), especially when his two sisters live next door and his brother next door-but-one! All in all, including the other neighbours, we now have eight cats within four houses. Cat politics are playing a huge role outside.
We seem to mainly have periods of calm, with the odd stressful moment. Take Ella and Sir Patrick below, for example. He is so fascinated by her and often forgets to keep calm and rushes at her. She of course takes offence to this, but doesn’t ever strike him, she just warns him. At other times he goads her and stalks her, which can be funny to watch, especially when you know what the outcome is going to be (let’s face it, Ella will always win!)
They are both very loving and sweet cats, and I fully understand that they may never be friends (although he would really love that) but Ella is top cat and always will be. I think the best I can aspire to is grudging acceptance. I’ve been working on the garden so they’ve had more time to mingle and get used to each other. I love the two pictures below – firstly Ella asserting her dominance, calmly for once, with Sir Patrick doing an about-turn when he realises she has the (literal) high ground. And the second – where’s Sir Patrick? Check out the blue pot – the two of them are actually quite physically close without any arguments.
They are both such strong, but sweet and loyal characters, so I’m sure some sort of compromise will be worked out between them. I’ll leave you with some typical Sir Patrick poses – ‘I can’t stay still’ and ‘catch-the-lens-cap’