Thursday, June 28, 2012
Karen Jo: Once I had good light for photos, all of you had gone to your shady hidey-holes for a nap. Herman was under the couch; Spyro was under a chair in the living room and Oja was in her hidey-hole under the corner table. I waited until I was afraid that I would lose the light and decided to just take a picture of Spyro under the chair. It looked like there was just enough light for that.
Karen Jo: Then I decided to visit Oja and put on my sweat shirt, since it was a bit cooler, to see if she would come out for a visit, taking the camera with me. I waited for quite a while, but finally Oja came out, yawning and stretching. I was in the easy chair and she jumped up in my lap.
Karen Jo: Looking at this picture, I wonder if you qualify for the froot-bat club. It looks like it to me. After my visit with Oja, I walked back to the living room and Herman had come out and was stretched out in the light, so I got a picture of him, too.
Oja: I want to tell about my adventure today.
Karen Jo: You did have quite an adventure. I always leave Oja's door open while I go to get her fresh water, so I don't have to open the door while holding her water dish.
Oja: Spyro started peeking around the door jamb as soon as Mom left. I watched him but he didn't bother me, so I didn't hiss at him. When Mom got back with my water, Herman was following her. He stood in the doorway, but didn't come in, so that didn't bother me either. In fact, I walked a little closer to him, then hissed at him. He didn't do anything; he just stood there in the doorway, swinging his tail slowly back and forth.
Karen Jo: That is Herman's way of expressing interest.
Oja: I went a little closer to him and growled at him. He meowed softly to me and that intrigued me, so I walked right up to him and we touched noses and introduced ourselves. Then I got a little spooked and backed up and hissed and growled at him again. This is when Mom usually closes the door.
Karen Jo: I couldn't close the door. You were standing right in front of it.
Oja: I finally walked away from him and Mom left, closing the door behind her.
Karen Jo: I am really pleased with this development. Herman was the perfect gentlecat. He never moved any closer to Oja, letting her decide how much contact she wanted. Oja didn't arch her back or poof out her tail, just hissed and growled. Oja hasn't shown any more interest in leaving her room, but this evening Herman followed me a little way into her room when I went in to tell her good night. Oja's reaction to that was her little "I don't like this" meow, but she didn't hiss at him. I shooed Herman out and closed the door. I am beginning to think that things may work out after all and Oja may eventually leave her room and really join the family.