Friday, March 18, 2011
Karen Jo: Watching Herman chase Emma down the hall was quite enlightening. He is twice her size and could have easily caught her, but when he got close to her, he slowed down. She ran into my room and he turned around before he got to the door. Then he waited for her to come out and chase him, but she never did. Only once have I seen Herman show the slightest bit of jealousy toward Emma. Bedtime is Herman's special cuddle time. I had been petting him and Emma was on the other pillow behind my head. Emma gave her little "I want some attention" meow, so I stopped petting Herman and started petting Emma. Herman gave us both such a look that I stopped petting Emma and went back to petting Herman. However, it was just a few minutes later that Herman stepped over me to sleep next to Emma. He really likes her, but she is still not sure of him.
Emma: I want to get some blog time, too. I really love my new Mom and my new home. However, Herman is a Giant Kitty and he spooks me. He is twice my size and over twice my weight. When I was an outside kitty, the other bigger kitties were mean to me and stole my food. Herman has never been mean to me, except he chases me sometimes. Mom won't let him steal my Stinky Goodness, but he drinks my water and sometimes eats my Kitten Chow. He also pees in my litter box. I just don't know what to make of him. Sometimes he touches me gently with his paw. Half the time I hiss at him and half the time I don't. He gives me nose kisses, which I like, but sometimes I hiss at him for it, because I am not sure of him. I want to go out and explore the rest of the house, but Herman is always there, in the hall, waiting for me. He never chases me unless I run first, but I won't walk past him to get to the rest of the house. Mom has put me in the living room once and in the kitchen once, but I ran back to her room both times and Herman chased me. I just don't know what to do, except stay back here where I know it is safe.
Karen Jo: I hope that soon Emma will get over being spooked by Herman and go into the living room and kitchen. I am quite sure that Herman will do nothing to hurt her. Quite the opposite. I think that Herman wants badly to cuddle and play with her. Things do get better day by day. Emma has come up the hall almost to the living room and only changed her mind when she got within a foot of Herman, lying on the floor and watching her. He really does only chase her if she starts running first. If she walks toward him, he only lies there and watches her. He seems a little upset now if she hisses at him. He looks disappointed, but backs off like a gentleman, giving her room. I want so much for them to be friends, but I am willing to wait for it. If it stays this way, with Emma just living in the back of the house and Herman lording it over the whole house, I can accept it, but I am hoping for both cats to enjoy the whole house.