Sunday, July 17, 2011

unexpected gifts

Rose spent the entire day sleeping in this spot. She didn't even get up for snacktime.



I wish I had followed her lead and napped all day. It was the perfect napping day!

Much of the US has been experiencing a major heat wave with toasty hot temps. Not so here, it has been a very cool summer. Today it only got to about 57° F and it was rainy. Rain in July here is quite rare. I read somewhere that we have only had 5 days this month when the temp got into the 70's and the average temp has been less than 60° F! Crazy summer! Here it is the middle of July and we are still running the heat here - this might be the summer where we use the heat year round!

Buddy's introduction to the other kitties hasn't been as smooth as I had hoped. Willow has been a hard sell. She continues to hiss and swat at Buddy whenever he walks by. Buddy does his best to ignore her.

Buddy has been grumpy to all the cats, I imagine in response to Willow's unfriendliness. The others give him lots of space.

Yesterday, Theo tried to steal Buddy's snack as he often does. Theo was in for quite a surprise when Buddy smacked him hard. Go Buddy!

I witnessed a beautiful moment today. Buddy was napping on the bed when Nahum popped up for a quick visit. He very gently approached Buddy and sniffed his head. Buddy didn't respond so Nahum tentatively licked Buddy's head a few times. Buddy leaned into it the licks, prompting Nahum to relax. A few more licks and Nahum left him alone before he changed his mind. This is exactly the thing I want for Buddy, to be welcomed by the other cats.

Nahum is the hub of the cattery - he makes it all go. He has a very different relationship with each cat. He loves to snuggle with Willow and Rose, and romp with Theo. I was so thrilled to see him extending Buddy some love.

Nahum is a delightful fluffy gift!

6 comments:

  1. She has a very wise face. Such a beauty.

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  2. Aw, we're glad Buddy's getting acceptance and friendly overtures from someone!

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  3. Yeah Nahum....helping to make Buddy feel welcome. It can be frustrating as the "people" when the introductions don't go as smoothly as we would like to see. But - so long as things are relatively peaceful, you are moving in the right direction.

    Could we trade a few degrees of weather?? It is HOT here. MOL

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  4. Nahum sounds like he's the hub of the cats...if he accepts Buddy the friendships will blossom from there.

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  5. It sounds like Buddy is slowly making a place for himself. I'm glad Nahum was a nice kitty to him, that's really sweet :)

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  6. We'd be happy to share some of the heat we have with you! ;)

    We're glad that Buddy seems to be fitting in and the other cats are accepting him.

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