Tikki and the kitty General Chat

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  1. Malka

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    Tikki and the kitty

    We have two cats who stroll down the ramp, stop and look in the doorway, then carry on across the front of the bungalow to I-do-not-know-where. And a while after they make their return journey back to wherever it was they came from. Not both at the same time, I hasten to add. One is a pale ginger tabby - maybe a year old - not very big, and that one always goes straight back, not stopping to look in.

    The other one, a black and white kitty which is smaller and obviously younger, has recently taken to stopping on its way back, just where there are some ground-covering weeds have grown where the end of the ramp meets the corner of the low wall round the patio. Tikva, if she is in a hurry for a pee in the morning, will pee on that patch of weeds.

    And little kitty has, for the last few days, lain down, head on the weeds as if thinking, then had a bit of a roll and stretch on them, and then turned, and half sitting just stared in. Tikki, in the meantime, sitting just inside the doorway just staring back. They are maybe 2m away from each other maximum.

    This morning, after the pair of them had been staring at each other for about five minutes, neither moving, Tikki decided to stand up, wag her tail in a friendly manner, and woof very gently. Kitty looked rather puzzled, had another roll, then slowly stood up and strolled off.

    I do not know about Tikva as I could not see her face, but that little kitty did not blink once the whole time it was staring at her!
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    Little kitty has now found a nice comfy spot in the yard which he or she is trying to claim as his/her own sunbathing place, just out of Tikki's reach. After an initial "hey, watcha doin' dere" woof, which kitty ignored, Tikki pee'd, came in and is now sulking inbetween Xanadu and the bookshelves.

    I am just waiting to see what the next episode will bring!
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    What a clever kitty. Covering him/herself with Tikki's scent. No wonder she is so accepting of the interloper.

    Hopefully, if Kitty keeps doing what s/he is doing, they may become firm friends :)
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    Kitty is definitely trying to claim the front yard. Yesterday she sat herself in a different place [could be a he but with such a pretty face I am saying 'she'] as if waiting for Tikva, who was standing in the doorway, to either go out or say something.

    Friendly tailwags and gentle woofs from Tikki, who then strolled out and stood a bit nearer, and the staring match started again until Kitty decided to wander off.

    This morning when I opened the door after I surfaced [Tikva was still azonk in her crate], the little intruder was curled up on the patch of ground-covering weeds, but she had gone by the time I decided that it was time for Tikki to get up [at way past 11.30am!].
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    Does the kitten look well cared for? It would be nice if they became friends.
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    The cats here are feral, Carole. Some people used to feed what they called "their" cat group - not just on the Moshav - it happens everywhere, and when I lived in town it seemed as if each block had its own cat groups and feeder/s. I do not know whether that is still the case but I know that at least in this area the Local Authority put up notices for people not to feed the cats because there were so many, and then a lot of the ferals just disappeared. I think that maybe there was a rabies scare at the time as the dog catchers came out and picked up a lot of the stray dumped dogs about that time.

    When I rescued Kat I was the only person on the Moshav who actually had a cat as a pet, and an inoculated one at that. I was at some people I used to go to for Shabbat lunch and after we had eaten and were sitting in their garden, a couple of the grandchildren came in with this tiny feral kitten they said they had found. After screams "take that thing away" I said I would take her.

    That was soon after I first moved onto the Moshav. Kat came with me to the second place I rented here and was still with me when I rescued Lexi from people up the road from there. Sadly Kat eventually went wandering once too often and had an unfortunate meeting with a car.

    Anyhow, I am not going to encourage Kitty as she is obviously getting food from somewhere, so as long as Tikki tolerates her presence she can come and go as she pleases. Hopefully she will not meet up with a car if she decides to go across the road, as so many of them do.
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    Kitty is getting a bit bolder. She just came right up to the door and looked in. Tikva was on the couch having a bit of a doze so did not notice Kitty, who did not come in, had a quick look round and then went off on her travels again.
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    And now for today's "meet and greet".

    Kitty and Tikva were both outside, Kitty sitting and Tikki standing about two metres away from each other - and then all hell broke loose because Tikki saw the DHL van draw up and she lurves the driver, so did her usual dancing and singing hello hello hello act.

    Kitty fled.
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    After a couple of days when Kitty trotted straight past without even looking in, just in case...

    ...she now stops for a few minutes, just looking in, before trotting off.

    It is diabolically hot out and Tikki does not stay out for long so the two have not continued their "meet and greet" for the moment. I put water out for Kitty and the pale ginger tabby [who never stops and looks in] on the other side of the short wall round the patio, where Tikki cannot see or reach it, but I will not put any food down as I know I should not encourage them. Plus I do not want any more rats around.
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    I have not seen Kitty for a couple of days but I have not been sitting here all day so could have missed her. The pale ginger tabby has been walking past, studiously ignoring us, and I have just seen another small one making the same journey. This one is a strange mixed shades of grey and black mottled coat and looks rather thin. I really do not want to put any food out for them as I know I should not encourage them, but am feeling a bit guilty about not doing so.
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    Kitty reappeared a few days ago and still pauses slightly on her journey to look in, but so far Tikki has not seen her.

    I still feel I should put some food our for them but am resisting it, and hopefully if they stick around I might be rodent-free this winter. Not that Kat ever bothered with the mice in the place I lived in before this one - she would just sit and just watch them.

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