|In the Parlor|
I'll admit, all of this is tiring, and a bit disappointing. We thought seriously about returning her to the rescue group, and even made an appointment with them to hand her back over. But after much reflection (and some crying on my part), we decided that we need to see this through. Many cat-owning folks have questioned me; why not just toss 'em in together...they will find a way to work it out. Yep, that's true, yet Angel and Chuck were here first, and have had run of the house for over nine years. In deference to them, I would like to see them more accepting...and not running, hiding, and hissing. If we give this slow introduction enough time, at some point, the cats will ignore each other, or at least be neutral...instead of aggressive, fearful, nervous, and scared. Loretta is coming from a difficult situation; away from the only humans she knew, then in veterinary offices, surgery, sickness, then foster home, and finally a cage to get her adopted. She KNOWS she's in the middle of someone else's territory, which makes her uncertain and a bit aggressive. Angel and Chuck are shy and insecure with a new-comer.
We want to build up every one's confidence, by giving them good things when they are together, and good things when apart. Lots of play, lots of love, good food and no concerns about not having enough. A feeling of abundance.
Loretta is a sweet little joy, who loves a snuggle and walks on my lap when I'm reading a book and not paying attention to her. She chirps and meows, dances and jumps. She brings youth, energy, and curiosity to our family group. What's not to like?