Beau March 28th, 2010
Spotty, our big white and black cat, is becoming quite the little beast. She’s nice enough around feeding time, but she’s really territorial and tries to boss the other cats around. She pushes them, growls at them, bumps them out of the way to get their food (even though she has her own), and generally wanders around strutting her generous girth outside of the house.
“How did she get this way?” I’m thinking. But it’s just her nature… The gray Princess, our other outside cat, is sweet yet indifferent for the most part. And even though Spotty tries to push her around, she’s the “alpha cat” and only tolerates it to a point and then pounces on the younger (but fatter) cat.
It’s interesting that while Princess is an expert hunter, the big Spotty cat couldn’t catch her tail if it was laying right in front of her! Apparently she can climb however, and I was surprised to see her on top of the grape arbor.
We also have a (mostly) indoor cat named Tootsie. Shes a tortoiseshell, and we adopted her on a camping trip from a humane society booth at a craft fair. She is the most lovable, attention seeking critter I’ve ever known. It can almost be annoying, but she just likes to be around people (and the yellow lab) and is very careful with her claws. She’s playful, and fearless for the most part.
She does love to go outside, but stays very close when we’re out. If she loses sight, she gives a plaintive yowl or cry until she finds us. Unfortunately, that big Spotty cat just tries to pounce on her and runs her all around. I’m waiting for them to come to terms with each other’s presence. I’ve noticed less pushiness since it’s warming up now, and maybe the cats will figure out their pecking order soon. I haven’t seen Tootsie hunt or catch anything, but she seems to be really quick with great instincts. That’s our cat menagerie… And yes, they’re all spayed! I think three is quite enough for now :)