Friday, September 17, 2010
ORDER. The Feline Pecking Order has taken weeks to become established. There are 2 cats that live with Miss M, one very skittish, stand-offish Pan, and a fairly laid back always hungry Agnes. At first hiss Porter understood that he was low on the totem, and he acted very respectful as a guest in Their house. Slowly, slowly Agnes let Porter get a little bit closer, and a little bit closer, every day or so. At about 2 weeks they were able to be within a couple of feet of each other peaceably. Then it developed our Cow-Print Killah figured out just how panicky Pan-kitty really is. So he's turned bully, and chases her up the stairs if he sees her coming down for dinner. Miss M keeps the spray bottle close at hand so that bullying doesn't get out of hand, but still Pan takes most of her meals in the bedroom.
One morning, too early to be human, a catty racket echoed through the house---apparently between Porter and Agnes. My guess, Porter must have made his move on Agnes to be Top Kitty, and she would have none of it. He was so unnerved having his tail served to him, he started horking up his dinner. The Man bolted out of bed and rushed convulsing kitty to the bathroom to avoid cleaning carpet. In the daylight Porter had a scratch on his nose, and spent the day in his kennel-box under observation.
Currently, the order stands now with 1) Agnes, 2) Porter, and begrudgingly 3) Pan, at least for the next 2 weeks until we move to The Townhouse.
I mentioned Agnes is hungry, always always always hungry. She'll start the mewing at 4 am or 4 pm making sure to get the early reminder in to the household that it will be time for Her to eat---in two hours! Apparently she's started panhandling at doors down the street as she was recently returned by a neighborhood kid. In addition to learning what time food is dished here and adopting local attitudes about it, our kitty is quite taken with the menu here. He's a special needs kitty, with his Adult Urinary Tract Formula cat food, he cannot eat much of anything else or he'll back up his tract. It doesn't stop him from getting in where he can though. The Man came upon him licking out the bowl after Agnes had finished eating. And when I sprinkled a few meager pieces of food during a feeding one evening, Porter immediately proceeded to hunt down each and every one, munching away. That's just sad, but then I have to admit that a strict diet of only food that will support urinary tract health doesn't sound appealing to me, either.