Monday, September 26, 2011

An uncomfortable day for Tobias


Rachael and Bunny on adoption day

I had a little houseguest recently, and like too many houseguests, she wasn’t very well behaved.  She was sweet and charming to me, picked up after herself, and was polite about her food, thus avoiding some of the main houseguest crimes.  However, she was very rude to my furry children.  Bunny is a relatively new family member, having been adopted by Rachael several months ago.  In her own home, she is delightfully well mannered.  She visited Rebecca and Maria for a day, while Rachael’s apartment building was being fumigated, and seemingly, Maria was a very poor hostess, hissing and spitting at innocent Bunny, until she (Maria) had to stay in the bathroom for the day.  Then Maria, in her fury, shrunk herself up just like rats do, and slithered out a window that was only opened a crack, onto the roof, causing terrible consternation.  When I heard about it all, I was glad that I hadn’t been there.  I would have been very upset about Maria being on the roof.  And I thought, “Poor Bunny!  Maria was certainly rude to her guest!”  Now I am not so sure.  I am beginning to suspect that Bunny might have silently hissed upsetting things under her breath to Maria as she emerged from her cat carrier.  Things like, “I am the most beautiful cat here, and everyone’s new darling.  You, Maria, are très passé!”  Maria, never the friendliest cat when it comes to other animals, doesn’t take this sort of treatment well. 


 When Bunny arrived here for a visit while her mom was out of town for a few days, she was a little more forthright.  She openly hissed and growled at both Margaret and Tobias.  Margaret is so self confident, that she was totally unfazed, and Bunny gave up on her pretty quickly.  Poor Tobias, always a gentleman, was polite to Bunny, and never spit back, but he was not happy about his houseguest.  He did his best to simply ignore her, and succeeded pretty well. Bunny was determined however, and followed him around, hissing all the while, even sleeping about a yard away from him, hissing all night long.  I kept waking up, hearing Margaret snoring next to me, and a low growl from the other side of the room where Bunny spent the night, keeping an eye on Tobias, never letting him forget that she was there and on the qui vive.  

Bunny hissing!
I'm sure Bunny was just acting out because she missed her mum.  She is usually a delightful kitty.  And, in fact, she was a delightful kitty during her visit, excepting for her distaste for my darling Tobias. 

7 comments:

I. F. said...

Poor Tobias. He just wants everyone to get along. There's always so much drama with cats in the house.

Laura said...

Maybe Bunny is just acting tough to cover up that she's a scaredy cat underneath. She certainly looks ferocious in the whiskers close up!

rebecca said...

Bunny's sure cute and spirited!

Marta said...

Beautiful photo of Rachael and Bunny.

I love it.

Janet said...

As I read this account, I had to laugh thinking of my sisters and their visits. A lot of territorial fencing goes on and it seems to be getting worse - the sisters are in their mid-80's.

Knitman said...

That's cats for you! VERY territorial. The worst that happens here with a canine guest is that my male thinks every visitor is for him to mate!

Lorette said...

At least it was only hissing and not territorial peeing!