As you know, Flo shares her residence with two cats, Fergus and George. The dynamic is: Fergus hates George; George hates Flo; Fergus is okay with Flo; George teases Fergus; Flo wants to play with or chase everyone. Fergus has lived with dogs in the past and has, from day one, reacted to Flo in a way which made her fairly boring as a target. On the other hand George – dear, half-witted George – has never worked it out and the mere sound of his bell combined with his realisation that Flo is lurking in the vicinity inevitably results in a chase. He is, of course, far quicker than Flo and has plenty of places to run. Flo has, consequently, had her fair share of swipes and scratches across the nose. It should be noted that George is not always the innocent party. He will frequently lie across the hallway or block the top of the stairs knowing that she wants to get past him but that she daren’t run the gauntlet of his claws. Well, the big news is that I feel as though we’ve had a bit of a breakthrough over the last fortnight. George has suddenly calmed down in the presence of Mme Flo. She has been permitted to sniff him for longer than a millisecond without being spat at, hissed at or swiped at… she has just about had her entire nose in George’s ear and has even managed a couple of licks. At no point has George looked particularly comfortable, but he has brought his response down a peg.
It’s only taken a year, but this is George we’re talking about… not one noted for his intelligence. Of course, all of that is the ‘inside’ relationship. Outside he’s still fair fodder for chasing.
Apologies to the Saturday Pet Blogger Hoppers, I haven’t quite worked out how to get the whole blog hopper list up yet, but at least I’ve managed to get the Linky Tools link posted this week! Baby steps!
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