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« Reply #15 on: June 20, 2017, 04:01:58 PM »

Congratulations, catbird, what a spectacular new kitty you have in Glory! I'm really happy to see him! Smiley Grin Smiley Grin
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« Reply #16 on: June 22, 2017, 03:46:41 PM »

Integration of Glory is, unfortunately, not making much progress so far.  Tongue

Once he decided that our house was home for good, a lot of those nice manners faded away. He and Cara still can't be left together without at least one human "cat cop" in direct attendance to prevent fights. Even then, if we can't intervene fast enough, they start swatting each other, and I'm afraid it could progress to worse.

We decided last week that maybe they had not gotten enough time where they were separated but still seeing each other, so we brought out the mesh-sided covered pen. For a few 2-hour periods during the day and evening, Glory is confined in it while Cara is free. (Otherwise, either one or the other is shut into a separate room.) He tries to jump at her through the pen when she walks by! and does the same to elderly Phantom. I can't decide if this is just kittenish play (I firmly believe that he is not yet a year old, contrary to what we were told when we adopted him) or whether it's out-and-out aggression. Cara interprets it as aggression, and will growl, hiss, and slap when he does it.  I don't blame her, because this guy is VERY big, and has grown more since we adopted him.  Shocked  He still eats like he's in a growth spurt, too. (Glad he's not tabby, and has a long floofy tail, or I would risk being fined for harboring a lynx!)

I think as he matures he will likely settle down some, because deep down he seems to be a really nice cat. He just needs to be controlled through the "juvenile delinquent" stage, I guess. We will keep on working. He's still sweet as pie to people and a lot of fun. We are trying to give him as much playtime and exercise as we can, to burn off that kitten energy.

Looking at his wedge-shaped face, long legs, and some faint "point" shading on his coat, I think he likely has Siamese as well as Maine Coon ancestry. What a combo!
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« Reply #17 on: June 22, 2017, 04:43:27 PM »

I am sorry thing are progressing slowly with Glory.  It will probably take a lot of patience, but, hopefully, eventually it will all work out.  Good luck!
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« Reply #18 on: June 22, 2017, 08:25:16 PM »

Urghhhhh.  Cat Cop.   Roll Eyes   If you want to feel good about your situation you can swing by Japan and see how House Swap goes over here.

He sure sounds like a sweetie though.  Does he sleep on your bed?  Sitting on laps?  Maybe it's still too early for that "adult" stuff.   Smiley
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« Reply #19 on: June 23, 2017, 04:41:04 AM »

Do you have some really tall cat trees ? Being able to get up high helped here when we brought Shadow inside.
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« Reply #20 on: June 23, 2017, 05:45:16 AM »

"Wedge shaped face"....

Are you sure he's a Norwegian Forest Cat?
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« Reply #21 on: June 23, 2017, 05:47:27 PM »

Yes, we have several high places that the cats like to use, including a 7-foot cat tree.

August, I sympathize. We have always had to do a little of the "cat cop" routine with Cara, because she can be bossy. You find yourself pulling your hair and saying, "Why can't they just get along?!"

Glory was sitting on laps from the first day, but doesn't stay very long--too much to see, do, and get into! That's another reason I don't think he's really an adult yet; he has a kitten's activity level. Until yesterday, I'd never seen him asleep--whenever he was not shut into a separate room, it was go-go-go. He did fall asleep in the pen last night during the early evening "snooze hour" when the other two were asleep.


Part of me wishes that Cara would just put Glory in his place like Cameo did when Linley was young, new, and aggressive. (Cameo had had enough and jumped on top of Linley, scaring him half to death, and that was enough to reform him. The Manx Cannonball Attack is no doubt very intimidating.)
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« Reply #22 on: June 26, 2017, 09:58:08 AM »

Maybe Cara will put Glory in his place once she is totally fed up with him.    Undecided  It does sound like kitten "stuff" though, albeit, a BIG kitten.  Cara needs to smack him down.
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« Reply #23 on: June 27, 2017, 10:57:41 AM »

Actually, that may be an indication that he is indeed a much younger kitten than the shelter thought.  I found with Beau that the adults will put up with a lot of bad behavior until about 18 months old, then the smack down cometh!
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« Reply #24 on: June 28, 2017, 04:26:34 PM »

Yikes, all that energy, Glory probably is young. I agree with what others have said, it's probably going to be up to Cara to put a stop to all this. I hope she decides enough is enough very soon!
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« Reply #25 on: June 29, 2017, 02:00:40 PM »

Progress yesterday and today! When Glory was in the pen, and Cara was outside, their encounter actually looked much more like play, on both sides. Cara of course had to get in a little hiss for good measure, but she really did seem to be attempting to engage in a playful manner, not as a fight. And Glory did the same.

I think the idea of them seeing each other more is definitely working.
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« Reply #26 on: July 03, 2017, 07:20:48 PM »

That is such good news catbird! I hope they'll become fast friends soon!  Cheesy
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« Reply #27 on: July 06, 2017, 01:03:13 PM »

Fingers and paw pads crossed!
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« Reply #28 on: July 17, 2017, 02:21:59 PM »

Good to hear the news about everyone settling down with each other!
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« Reply #29 on: August 30, 2017, 08:12:40 PM »

How are things progressing with Glory and Cara, et al?  Sometimes it takes a while for everyone to settle in.  Sending peaceful thoughts!
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