Rupert, our aging and set-in-his ways cat, was king of the second floor, ruling over the master bedroom. There he sits atop an easy chair like a throne, sleeping and wishing to be undisturbed.
Angus, our 3-year-old terrier mix, is the jester of the first floor — going wild when the doorbell rings, begging for treats and also, yes, sleeping.
So, where would Sweetie the Kitten fit in? At first, when she was super little and vulnerable, in the room of the little girl who begged for her.
But it’s getting to be time for Sweetie to broaden her horizons, and that’s not going entirely smoothly.
We were most concerned about her mixing with Angus because he is, by nature, a hungry enemy of small, furry creatures. We were afraid he would mistake Sweetie for a treat.
A couple of times they encountered each other, and Angus smiled and wagged his tail. But was he doing this in hopes that she would be dropped into his mouth, like a tasty morsel?
I am, sometimes, the risk taker of my family. One night when no one else was paying attention, I let Sweetie and Angus get together.
I held onto Angus’ collar.
He sniffed Sweetie.
This went on — and no creature ran away, and no creature bit another creature.
And Angus started to lick Sweetie. Somewhat aggressively.
Was this of a loving nature? Or was he just seeing how she’d taste?
All in all, it was a good close encounter — and time to meet Rupert.
The meeting between cat and kitten has gone better, and worse.
Sweetie believes Rupert is a playmate! That means she runs after him, and jumps on him, and gives him swats with her little paws.
Rupert is not amused.
He is an old cat, and he does not need this $h!+.
How are you at introducing kitten to dog and kitten to cat? Got any tricks that are better than mine?