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August 15, 2008
Reach out and touch someone

Mycah appears to be back to her usual state of health, though I think she has lost her taste for the prescription catfood. She doesn't always finish her meals... but her appetite is just fine, if her begging is anything to judge by.

It's been almost four months since Kismet and Packet have arrived, and Mycah has mellowed quite a bit as regards their intrusion into her house. She rarely vocalizes at the lads these days; all I'm hearing are brief hisses, with the very rare growl.

The lads are, of course, much interested in their fellow feline resident, and each has his own particular way of attempting to interact with her.

Packet takes a passive-aggressive approach. His tactic is simply to flop down on the floor in front of her whenever she is headed somewhere — to the litterbox, away from the litterbox, to meals, and so on. She has to go past him, and as she does so, she utters a brief hiss. Occasionally, if she passes within paw's reach of him, he'll raise a paw... and she preemptively swats him.

Kismet has a different approach to Mycah. When she is on the move he will follow a pace or two behind, reaching out a paw. Usually he paws at the remains of her tail, but sometimes he gets closer. He's not swatting at her; it's more like he's trying to tap her to get her attention.

It rarely fails. A brief hiss usually ensues. Occasionally, she'll swat back at him.

She's not amused by their attempts to get closer to her, but she is slowly succombing to them. When food is involved, she doesn't care how close they get to her. I predict that by the end of the year, she'll allow them to curl up on the floor within a foot of where she is laying.

The Modulator's Friday Ark is boarding.

This week's Carnival of the Cats is at Skittles the Huntress on Sunday.

Posted by Russ at 04:08 AM, August 15, 2008 in Animals

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I think Mycha as an older gal is just taking her time with the new fellas. My old female cat, Angel (18yrs) gets utterly bored with her prescription food and to get around this we mix in about a third of normal wet food and it seems to perk her interest again, possibly the variety of flavour does the trick!

Posted by: Jane at August 15, 2008 05:26 AM

I think that this is progress!
It's nice to see the lads try to be so friendly to her!

Posted by: Parker at August 15, 2008 08:39 AM

I love that pic. It says everything you need to know about Mycah's relationship with the lads.

Posted by: Cara at August 16, 2008 01:27 PM

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