Thursday, March 3, 2011
Karen Jo: I was petting her this morning and said all the names I had considered for her out loud to her and Emma was the only one that seemed right. She is doing well. She got a bit active in the night, as I found the scratching post knocked over. I hope that didn't scare her when it happened. She ate some Kitten Chow and used the litter box. She is still a little shy. I will be petting her and she will be purring up a storm, then she will suddenly jump down and go into her ladycat cave. Herman has managed to sneak into her room a few times. He got in this morning after her petting session when she had gone into her cave. He approached the cave very slowly and she didn't react until he stuck his head in. Then Emma hissed at him just a little. I was ready to grab him, but, like the gentlemancat he is, he backed off by himself and left the room without any help from me. Early this afternoon, he stuck his head in while she was sitting in the chair. He meowed to her very softly and she pricked up her ears, but just looked at him. I stopped him from going into her room. I don't know whether to try harder to keep Herman out of Emma's room, or just him look in from time to time. Will this help her get used to him, or upset her? She seems fine with him unless he gets too close.
Karen Jo: It will happen eventually. Right now she is just a little bit scared of you.
Scared of me? Why? I never did anything to scare her.
Karen Jo: When she was an outside kitty and the nice people were feeding her outside they noticed that the older, bigger cats in the neighborhood would come over and pick on her and steal her food. This is still fresh in her mind and you are an older, bigger cat.
So she thinks I am going to beat her up and eat her food?
Karen Jo: I think that is a real possibility.
How can I convince her otherwise?
Karen Jo: Just keep being nice to her. As she feels more secure and realizes that there will always be plenty of food and you are not acting in a threatening manner she will probably stop being scared of you.