Friday, October 21, 2011
She was so noisy in bed the previous two nights that not even I could stand to be in the same bed with her.
Karen Jo: As you can see from the bottom picture, Emma is not afraid of Herman. Wednesday, she spent the whole day asleep on her snuggle on her high shelf. She got down to eat dinner and retreated to her original hidey-hole, under the corner table in her room and spent the night there. Herman slept in her bed. I think he wanted to keep her company. Thursday, Emma spent most of the day on the kitchen chair with a cushion. After I got back from running some errands, she came into my room and plopped down on the floor. This is quite unusual for her. I picked her up and put her in my lap and she just settled down and let me pet her. This is also unusual. When she does stay in my lap, she usually turns round and round and pats everything and kneads a little bit before settling down. She stayed in my lap for over an hour and I only moved her because I had to use the human litter box. Last night she slept in my underwear drawer, which I keep open for her and Herman slept in bed with me. In the wee hours, Herman and I both woke up to Emma either having very lady-like dry heaves or coughing. That's when I figured out that, although Emma probably stayed in her hidey-hole the first day because of Herman, Emma was really hiding out and being a sleepyhead because she wasn't feeling all that good. That also explains why Emma hissed at Herman last night when he came up to her to give her a nose kiss. I was about to call the vet to make her an appointment this morning, when Emma came bounding down the hall for breakfast, just the same as ever. Now I think I will keep an eye on her for the week-end and see if she really is back to normal. If not, I can call the vet Monday.
There were some questions about the jealousy between Herman and Emma. Herman always gets jealous and wants attention when I have visitors or am talking on the phone. He usually comes up to me and tugs on my pants leg, or puts his paws on my lap or meows at me to get my attention. This was the first time that he took it out on Emma. There is very little fighting over food. The only time it happens is when they both want to eat out of the same dish. They usually trade whaps on the head, then the interloper backs off. If I switch attention from one of them to the other the first one always gets jealous. I had thought that Herman had gotten over this, but he hasn't. Petting both of them at the same time isn't easy, as they are seldom that close together. If I am petting Emma and Herman comes up for some petting too, petting them both doesn't stop Emma from swatting at Herman. Herman will sometimes tolerate my petting Emma, too, while I am petting him, but not often.