I came in from a lovely, long walk with my bipeds recently and Pippin, the cat, came to greet us as soon as we arrived home. He walked around the bipeds’ legs and they stroked him. Then he came to greet me and we sniffed noses. He stayed with me and walked around my legs, as I headed across the room to settle down for a nap. As soon as I was spread out on the floor, he started sniffing my paws – he likes to do that when he thinks I may have been somewhere interesting. I was soon drifting off to sleep, while my little friend continued to savour the smells on my paws. The thought struck me how different it was from our very first meeting.
When my bipeds brought me home, I was just a puppy. They carried me into the kitchen and put me on the floor, while they went to open the back door to take me out into the garden. I spotted a small dish of food on the floor and I trotted across and ate the food. They picked the dish up and we went outside. I was so interested in the new experience of walking on the grass that I didn’t notice the animal approaching us at first. Pippin had heard the bipeds come home and had come to see them, but when he saw me he was absolutely horrified and he turned and ran away to hide.
I heard one of the bipeds say, “Oh dear, poor Pippin! That was a bit of a shock for him! He was supposed to meet the puppy later, when she’s asleep and quiet!”
When we went back indoors I settled down for a nap, I was tired from all the excitement. When I woke up again, I had my very own bowls in the kitchen – one for water and one for my food. The small bowls had gone. I later discovered that they were Pippin’s bowls and they were now out of my reach in the utility room. I didn’t see Pippin again for a few days.
I noticed my bipeds kept swapping the blanket I slept on. Each time they took it away they left it next to Pippin’s food bowl when he was eating. They said that this should make him associate me with pleasant things and make it easier for him to accept me as part of the household. One day, as I woke up from a nap, I noticed Pippin was in the room. One of the bipeds stopped me from getting up to go and see Pippin and Pippin left the room. Every time I saw Pippin, he was free to get away from me and I was never allowed to follow him. As the weeks went by he became a lot more relaxed about being in the same room as me, but we weren’t left alone together until I was much older.
One evening, when I was five months old, Pippin was sitting on the lap of the male biped and I felt jealous. I got up and went over and pushed Pippin with my nose. This took Pippin by surprise and he stuck his claws in the biped in his hurry to get away from me. I was banished to the kitchen for what seemed like ages. When I was allowed back in the room, Pippin was calm again and sitting next to one of the bipeds on the sofa. I was kept on my lead and told to lie down quietly. This was very difficult as they were making a fuss of Pippin and I wanted all the attention from the bipeds. After a little while I was allowed near the biped who was making a fuss of Pippin. I sat close by and I was given treats and attention, as long as I made no attempt to push Pippin away.
Now I am the best of friends with Pippin and I wouldn’t dream of pushing him out of my way – I have learnt that all good things come to she who waits! If he is on a biped’s lap and I would like some attention as well then I form an orderly queue of one – I either go to the side of the chair and stand patiently or I lie on the biped’s feet.
Mulberry is also one of my best friends. He was a lot more enthusiastic when we met, but I’ll tell you about that another time.
See you next Wednesday!
Delighted to hear you made peace with Pippin. Cats are curious creatures but if handled with care, can be great companions for dogs 😉
Once I understood that cats make the rules and reserve the right to change them without notice, it was easy!
Glad you guys are now buds and doing your parts to promote dog/cat relations.
I’m always disappointed that most cats I meet when I’m out run away from me.
It sounds like your bipeds tried really hard to make sure you and Pippin would get along! Good job on their part (I wonder what Pippin thinks your feet smell like?)
Yes, they did everything they could to make Pippin feel comfortable with the new situation. It was worth it because we are the best of pals. Pippin says he picks up all sorts of interesting smells that he is unfamiliar with!
Clowie!!! I missed you. Happy New Year. I’m glad you and Pippin are pals since you can keep each other company when the bi-peds are away. Petals and Blossum loved to sleep on Buddies bed…they never even left room for him. He was so nice to them, he’d lay on the floor and they’d be on his bed. LOL
It’s lovely to see you! Pippin uses my bed sometimes – I don’t mind, I usually prefer the floor anyway. He also thinks the water in my bowl is nicer than the water in his! Sometimes he checks out my food and I stand back and let him – he gets sent away when someone notices.
:)…made me laugh
Happy New Year to you all, glad to have you back 🙂 I still get jealous of Alfie when he gets cuddles, I stick my hooter in 🙂 We are great pals though, like you and Pippin 🙂 xx00xx
Mollie and Alfie
Thanks Mollie, all the best for 2013. Cats don’t usually go out with the bipeds – so we get the bipeds to ourselves then!
Moggies take priority Clowie you should know that ;-). Happy new year xxx
I was only a puppy, so I had to learn that – it was a bit of a surprise! Best wishes for 2013.
It’s a BIG adjustment for cats and dogs to learn to LIKE each other sometimes…..it’s one of those natural things to be curious and wary….but just look at what good friends you’ve all become!!! All good things come to those who wait (patiently!).
Kitty Hugs, Sammy
Hi Sammy, Pippin used to think that the only good thing about dogs is that they can’t climb trees! He’s still wary of other dogs, but I’m glad he’s my friend.
I must teach Brin the Boxer to form and orderly queue 🙂
Good advice x.
Thank you! Best wishes for 2013.
Clowie, you are such a good learner, and your parents are such good teachers. My brain is tiny, so it takes me forever to learn anything. I’m glad you and Pippin are good buddies together.
Thank you! I do like having Pippin as my friend.
Well done Clowie and Peeps. I am not a cat dog and I am not even allowed to walk down pussy cat alley anymore as peeps says she’d like to keep bith arms. Have a wonderful Wednessday.
Best wishes Molly
Thanks Molly. Cats do make it difficult sometimes – it’s very tempting to chase them when they behave like squirrels!
Hi Clowie! This is Dakota’s kitty brother, Cody and I thought I should be the one to comment today. I loved reading about your first meeting(s) with Pippin! Pippin looks quite a bit like ME!! Dakota and i are the best of furiends and I am happy to hear that you and Pippin seem to be getting along quite well too! Love, Cody
Hi Cody, it’s nice to hear from you today! I’m glad you and Dakota get along so well, it’s lovely to have furry pals in the house.
Hello Clowie! Happy New Year!! I like that your bipeds made sure that everyBODY was comfortable and safe during the getting to know you period and now all is good as a routine.
Hi, all the best for 2013! Yes, there were some very firm rules for all of us and now it’s natural to treat each other with respect.
I’m glad Pippin didn’t stuck his claws in your nose ;o) My first adventure with a cat wasn’t good too (but only for my staff, not for me or the cat).
I’m also really glad Pippin didn’t use his claws on me! I think he knew by then that the bipeds wouldn’t let me bully him. I hope your staff didn’t get scratched.
I hope my neighbour kitties will come to play with me instead of teasing me on the wall.
Kitties do like to tease and stay out of reach!
Great story; often times, the most unexpected friends make the best friends!
Thank you! That is true. We have lots of fun together.
Kitties can become great friends to us dogs, however they are a little coy and a little shy, but just like the bipeds, once they get to know us they love us too. Wagging Wordless Wednesday!
Yes, it’s lovely to be friends with them, they can find our enthusiasm a little scary sometimes.
Cats are one species that we are still unsure of!
They grow on you if you live with them!
I guess Pippin is lucky to have you, Clowie. Not every doggie understands that cats make the rules in a human household 😉
Thanks Texas! I think Pippin would agree with you now, but he was horrified at the idea of living with a dog in the beginning!
I can understand that 🙂
That was a great lesson in how to get a cat used to a dog! If I finally get a new cat, I will consider it!
Christie from lifewithbeagle.com
Thank you! I think some cats need longer than others to get used to the idea.
What a wonderful & gentle friend you are Clowie! I suspect you will make many more friends in your neighborhood.
Thank you! I like making friends, I don’t like it when other animals or people are nervous of me.