Sunday, March 27, 2011
Sunday, Nip Day
Karen Jo: I put catnip on Herman's scratcher in the living room and the Turbo Scratcher in Emma's room. Emma pounced right on it. Herman got really close and there was a flurry of paws from both of them. Emma retained possession of the catnip as long as she wanted it. When she got up from sniffing and rolling in the nip to get something to eat, I expected Herman to go after the nip, but he didn't. He just lay there next to it for a long time.
Emma: I smelled the nip and I wanted it. I am faster than Herman and I got there first.
Karen Jo: Emma has been using her speed to her advantage. It didn't take her long at all to learn the food routine in the kitchen. Having discovered Herman's buffet and connecting the opening of the refrigerator with new food appearing, she has been beating him to the canned food regularly. Today at lunch time, she beat Herman to his Medley and he just sat there and watched her eat it. I put the Stinky Goodness right in front of Herman, but he still just sat there and watched Emma eat his Medley. When I got back from putting out Emma's Stinky Goodness, most of the Medley was gone and Emma was going to town on Herman's Stinky Goodness. After she was done, Herman just looked at the damage, then looked at me and meowed sadly. I picked him up, took him down the hall and showed him Emma's Stinky Goodness, which he ate part of. When I got home from work, both cats came into the kitchen and Emma started eating some of Herman's Purina One. I told them that it was supper time and picked up Herman's Medley dish to wash it. Herman left the kitchen, which is highly unusual. I found him sitting in the hall with his back to me. I walked up to him, but he walked a few more steps down the hall and sat down with his back to me again. I petted him and told him what a good boy he was and that he was my favorite mancat. He followed me back to the kitchen and took up his usual position, right in front of where the Medley dish goes. I put the Medley down right in front of him and he started eating. This time Emma just sat and watched. I washed up and filled the Stinky Goodness dish and Emma dove right into that. They ate side by side for the first time. I hope this means Herman will start sticking up for himself a bit more. He has been deferring to Emma in everything. Both the Medley and Stinky Goodness dishes get licked almost completely clean every meal now. I think Emma is eating more of it than Herman.
Herman: I like Emma and I don't mind letting her have her way most of the time. She has almost stopped hissing at me. She keeps stealing my favorite spot next to Mom at bedtime, though. Mom will make every effort to reach me wherever I lie down, but sometimes I get up and move away. Once in a while, I will even get up while Mom is petting me and jump down from the bed to find someplace else to sleep.
Karen Jo: I really hope that Herman isn't feeling displaced by Emma. For him to leave the bed while I am in it is very strange. He used to only get up to eat or use the litter box and always came right back. Sometimes Emma decides to sleep on my other pillow and Herman will take up his favorite place next to my chest. I feel that this is just something that they will have to work out for themselves.