We would like to have another cat but our Eddie is not so good with other cats (though he is very friendly with people and fine with dogs). Where felines are concerned he tends to be very territorial and any cat who steps into our yard is quickly shown the way out. For example, last Saturday night Nick and I were sitting outside quietly talking at 1 am, so since we were outdoors, we let him hang out with us, where he hopped from one lap to another and then settled at our feet. It was dark and at one point he slipped away without our noticing. Then we heard the unmistakable noise of a cat fight brewing out front. We did not have to ask ourselves if that was Edward … No, when we noticed he was no longer by our side, we were pretty sure it was him. I ran to get him (wearing my pjs and Croc slippers I might add), and found him in a stand off with another cat I didn’t recognize. I managed to thwart the fight with the old “Eddie want a treat?” trick. It worked like a charm. After considering the offer for a long moment while giving a very hard look at the trespasser, he huffed and turned around and followed me inside. He was still angry but let me pick him up and carry him for part of the way. Of course, I never fake him out with the treat-trick, because then it would stop working as well as it does, so I got him his snack.
The thing is that he doesn’t win any fights that he gets into because when we adopted him from the streets he had already been de-clawed on his front paws. There’s that plus he is getting old now (though we have no idea how old, but we have had him for about 10 years already). When he does get into an altercation he is the one who gets more roughed up, though thankfully never seriously so. His worse injury is a little tear in his left ear.
So while we would have loved to get another cat, I’m afraid that Ed is one of those pets who “do best in a one cat household”. However these pictures prove that he doesn’t dislike all cats. He gets along just fine with his friend, Statue.
Happy Caturday. Hope yours is a good one!