Since I moved I’ve been considering bringing one of the neighborhood feral cats with me. Either Spider-Cat, Ninja Cat or Little Grey Kitten. However, every time I went back to the house, I never could find any of them. Friday however, I drove to the house after getting my car back to bring in the garbage cans. Spider Cat was sitting on the steps of the house next to ours and he came by and starting rubbing up against me and purring. I played with him for 15 minutes, then opened the dar to my car to get ready to leave…and he jumped right in and sat down in the back seat, nestled and purring. I decided, “What the hell?” and thought we’d test out Spider-Cat as a house cat.
Spider-Cat is the largest cat in the Nauck area and he’s definitely the alpha male even though he’s the most laid back cat I’ve ever seen. He purred the second he got in the car and never stopped purring all weekend. He was fine in the car, fine being stuffed into by backpack, wigged out by the elevator until I started petting him and then was instantly making himself at home, jumping on my couch and rolling around like he’d always been a house cat. It seemed like it was going to be a perfect fit.
The rabbits however, felt otherwise. Chewie was aloof Friday night, but by Saturday morning they’d pass each other with no wariness or alpha male crap. It was more, “S’up?” But then, Chewie has been raised with cats ever since I found him. He stayed with Terra and her cat Lydia when I was in Australia and with Summer’s cats on occasional trips. Chewie likes cats. He prefers girl cats, but at one point on Saturday Chewie and Spider were hanging out together under the couch.
Baby however feels strongly that he needs to leave and needs to leave NOW. As soon as she smelled the cat she started hyperventilating and screaming. This is odd because she’s used to cats from heather and Vlad’s place, but she totally freaked out. Of course, she was spastic and prone to panic attacks at the old house and here has been the jolly playful relaxed bunny she was when she first came to live with me so it appears she just really doesn’t like cats. At All. Spider-Cat tried to befriend her but she would either scream and run away stomping all the way, or worse, she went straight for his throat, trying to rip it out. As long as I keep the bedroom door and wash after touching Spider-Cat, baby is fine, but otherwise she’s been in a state of nervous breakdown for much of the weekend. Spider-Cat, for his part, at least realized quickly Baby hates him and would stay as far away as he could from her unless he really wanted to play with me or curl up on my lap. Only then would he brave the bedroom and a rabbit one-third his size.
Unfortunately, it also appears Baby is allergic to cats. back at the old house she developed tear eyes, but has been mostly fine since me moved. Since Spider-Cat has been here, her teary eye has been back to being a full blown thing I have to clean twice a day instead of once a week. It’s too bad because Spider-Cat really likes being a house cat and only made a move to get out of the flat once this weekend. I was really hoping to keep him, but as he brings out mental and physical ailments in Baby, who has already have a very rough life ranging from being abandonded when she was still around nursing age to being attacked constantly by Thylali, she deserves the first real bit of peace and relaxation she’s had in three years.
At least Spider-Cat has spent his whole life outside and everyone in the neighborhood takes care of him and feeds him and plays with him. He also has his whole family of cats to play with and hang out. Every time he’s got in the house back at the old placehe’s also let himself out so he does prefer to be outside. Still, I feel really awful about letting him stay inside from Friday night to this morning and then bringing him back to the outside world. He’s such a great cat and so friendly. He litter box trained himself immediately (Even if he only went poop once while being here and oh my god was it larger than what I do) and he’s the same cat that follows me jogging around the area, so I know he wants to be MY cat. But I have to put the bunnies first, especially as keeping Spider-Cat will make Baby die of a heart attack or make her rip his throat out, and she’s aggressive enough that she’s already tried. The rabbits have to come first especially as they can’t take care of themselves and Spider-Cat obviously can.
If anyone wants an awesome feral Maine Coon that really wants to be domesticated, let me know. At least I know Spider-Cat’s hangouts and the time he usual is around there so I can always pick him back up.