It has been a little over six weeks since Ellie joined the family unit. Things have changed a bit, so thought I would give you (especially for Alyssa) an update.
Ellie must be the sweetest little feline I have ever had the pleasure to know. Don’t misunderstand; I love all my cats, past and present. There is just such a loving vibe from Ellie. It is different from Sunni’s vibe, which is very strong. Sunni melts when she sits in my lap. It’s like she truly sees me as her mama and snuggles very close though only when she wants to. Ellie snuggles when she wants to and when I want her to also. Not sure I have ever seen that in a cat before. It’s like Ellie is more dog-like and does what she can to make me happy.
And speaking of dog-like, here’s this little video of Ellie playing fetch. This seems to be her favorite thing to do. Alyssa (her previous mom) would play fetch with her and Ellie still likes loves to do that. By the way, this video was filmed in the middle of the night when Ellie woke me up wanting to play.
Ellie Playing Fetch
One of the biggest concerns with adopting Ellie was her joining two other cats in the family. We have been working slowly to Ellie’s schedule of introduction as to keep her stress at a minimum. Although Ellie still stays in her safe room when I am at work, she has the run of the house whenever I am home.
It has been Sunni who has shown the most interest in being buddies with Ellie. They have been getting closer and closer these past few weeks.
The closeness between Sunni and Ellie has been improving each day. One day, I put MeiMei in another room and let Sunni and Ellie have the run of the house. And run they did! Up the stairs, down the stairs, here, there, everywhere.
When MeiMei enters the picture, Ms Hissypants appears. Mostly, it is MeiMei, but sometimes it is Ellie. I put a calming collar on MeiMei to chill her out a bit and have been spending a lot more loving time with her. I am seeing a bit more acceptance from MeiMei. And Ellie seems to also be more accepting of MeiMei’s presence. When MeiMei starts her hissypants routine, Ellie evaluates the situation and no longer immediately runs under the bed; she takes somewhat of a stance and that seems to give MeiMei a message. Here’s a little video of one such interaction. Although it seems like MeiMei wins this encounter, Ellie semi-stood her ground and came out to play with Sunni soon after the video. MeiMei ignored everyone.