Friday, 4 September 2009

Cat Wars

For as long as me and Chris have known each other (which hasn't actually been that long, come to think of it) one of our favourite topics of conversation has been cats. Our household is now a home to seven cats. All have their distinct personalities, and, as it seems, some of them don't quite get along. For the past three weeks we have woken up a couple of times a night, to sounds of hissing and running. These are interesting times for all of us...

This is Cassie. She does not like other cats at all. She is probably the oldest of the bunch, she loves piles of clothes and she has a strange habit of entering the bathroom and purring like crazy when someone is showering.

This is Blue. Blue is terribly overweight, due to some kind of an eating disorder, which, I think, is linked to her low self-esteem. She is very needy, and if she sees another cat getting attention (which is quite often), she goes to the food bowl and munches away until she throws up. Blue is a very complex creature, and I am in the process of trying to figure her out so that I can help her lose weight. Blue doesn't really like other cats either, but tolerates them better than Cassie.

This is Audrey. She is one hell of a kitty! She is very talkative, very active and tends to dominate other kitties by sneaking up to them and smacking them in the head. I think Audrey sees herself as one of the humans. She is very out-going but has trouble with the new cats in the house, and as a result, her personality has seemed a little subdued lately.


This is Illusia. Illusia is one of those kitties who wants to be everyone's friend but has no concept of self-protection. This gets her in trouble at times. Like Blue, she has low self-esteem, but nothing seems to stop her from getting to know the other cats in the house, not even the huge amounts of hissing she comes across. She is very curious of Willow, in particular.


This is a family portrait of (clockwise from left) Audrey and her long-haired sisters, Lyric and Willow. Lyric is desperate for a friend, and loves Blue, who isn't all that fond of her. Lyric is the shyest of all the cats, and hides in the basement, mostly because of me. She is not used to other humans but Chris. Willow is a funny cat, very sweet but clearly not the smartest. She loves to sit in front of the tv, blocking the view. She is very affectionate, drools when she purrs, and loves Chris deeply. Willow does not like Illusia.



Last but certainly not least, is Masa. The only male in the bunch, Masa is very timid but he has character. He avoids all the other kitties except Illusia, who is his best friend. Masa has had a tough past, and he avoids human contact as much as possible. There are times when you can tell that he wants to be close, but something in his system tells him not to. To hear Masa purr once in a while feels like winning the lottery.


So, here we are, trying to get order out of living with these seven creatures. Masa and Lyric hide for most of the day, Illusia wants to play with Audrey and Willow, but they see her as a threat. Cassie hisses at just about anything that moves and Blue tries to ignore everyone. At this point we hope that they learn to at least tolerate each other. Any tips would be greatly appreciated...

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

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Karima said...

what a bunch of characters! each one of them seems lovable in their own eccentric way. i'm afraid i have no tips apart from letting time work for you...

Limbrick Dweller said...

Seems like a little society and so much hierarchy involved.

Anonymous said...

Wow, I've never heard of anyone having that many cats. I'd have to say I'm not surprised that you have these issues. Imagine putting 7 strangers in a house and forcing them to live together for the rest of their lives. Plus, cats aren't even pack animals. Good luck. I have no advice for you - I'm a dog person.

The Waves said...

Karima: they are all lovable, definitely, and I think you are right: we are letting time pass, and eventually things will fall into place - but what that will be - that is the question. :)

Limbrick Dweller: very true. I guess all groups, be it human, animal or plants even, have their own hierarchies that will come about through whatever rules create them.

Anon.: we are friends with a lady who has 31 cats at her farmhouse. Her advice was just to let things play out. We definitely knew that we were going to have issues with the cats, but there was no way we were going to give them up either; our cats are our families. To me it is not really like putting 7 strangers in one house - I see it more it terms of combining two families, which is not uncommon in human societies these days, and those situations can be tricky too. :) As for cats not being pack animals - I know of several families with more than one cat, where the cats have bonded and care for each other deeply, not to mention the love our cats have for us human beings.

Spandexpony said...

Usually female cats tend to have antagonistic relationships, so there's not much that can be done there, usually, but my dad's advice is to put butter on all the cats' ears... they love the taste of it and will lick it off eachother and engender good feelings.

The Waves said...

Spandexpony: you know, you are absolutely right about female cats; they tend to be a lot trickier. I wonder what it is about them..? Thanks for the butter tip, we might try that! :)