Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Emily Is Learning

My cat Emily was the runt of a little of seven kittens. I adopted her when she was six weeks old. She wasn't properly socialized when it came to other cats, but in her situation maybe it wouldn't have worked. It seems what she learned was "get off me" and "get away from me."

This spring her older sister Midnight developed arthritis. The way I found out is that she began hissing and growling at her sisters as they tried to play with her. Midnight retreated to the living room where she spends her days now. She feels much better now since I began giving her feline arthritis supplements.

Her sisters miss her and want to play with her. Molly has worked out how to play with her. As Midnight sits on the arm of the sofa or the ottoman, she'll play pop-up kitty, jumping up to bat at her.

Today was a big breakthrough for Emily. She saw that Midnight was down on the floor and went toward her. In the past she'd keep batting at Midnight trying to get her to play with her and Midnight would feel cornered and get upset. Today Emily approached her older sister more slower and just batted at her once. I praised her well for being good. I'm very happy that she's learning how to get along better with her sisters, and me.


  1. Emily had a rough start in life and we're glad she found a home with you!
    Kitties are compassionate beings and they understand when someone (kitty or person) are hurting. Good job Emily!

  2. Good job, Emily. If that is you in that picture, you are a pretty kittie indeed.

  3. This is good news! Maybe harmony will return to the girl's lives :-)

  4. OMCC! That picture is just so adorable!

    Yes, I find that praise works best with my kitties, too -- rather than yelling at them for something bad. They really understand the tone of your voice.

    I'm sorry to hear that Midnight has arthritis. That would make anyone a little cranky.

  5. By the way, I used this picture of Emily on the LOLSpot today. You might want to check it out.