Poor little Choco-Luv is cold. We don’t use the (fire-hazzard) baseboard heaters in the apartment, but we have space heaters in the living room and in the bedroom. They’re nicer because you can set them on a threshold, heat just the room you are in, and if they get knocked over, they automatically turn off. It keeps utilities down, and makes me feel safer. And we supplement with electric throw blankets, goose-down comforter, and infrared light in the bathroom.
But Choco-Luv is much less active because she is glued to the heating blankets. So to help her we bought a pink puffy jacket. It’s absolutely adorable. She HATES it. We put it on her and she became half a milimeter tall and wiggled out of it. So we have kept it out, put it on her during naps, petted her with it. Just tried to get her used to it–to little avail.
Today, while I was outling my textbook, Cool put the jacket on her and tried snuggling and petting her. She had angry tail, and sad meows. She also sort of stalked around the kitchen in the jacket, with Cool following. Goose, was on the other side of the wall, and looked alarmed. He saw some pink creature walking funny in HIS apartment, and peeked around the corner to look at it. His eyes grew wide, and as she ran away (from the jacket) he chased (the moster).
Chco-Luv now had 2 problems: A horrible outfit on her back. A brother who didn’t recognize her and wanted to kill! She hid behind the couch and he sat in the center of the living room staring toward “the pink monster.” Goose started looking uncharacteristically puffy and like he was about to either aggress or defend. He didn’t look as mean as the time he bared teeth at Cool (she scared him) but I’ve never seen him get so big! I was worried we might have an actual-fight on our hands, and I’d have to take one or both to work for abscess repair(s).
Choco-Luv finally shed the jacket and ran toward her brother (for play/grooming) as she often does. He looked like he might give her the teeth & claw and she veered around him at the last minute, running to the bedroom. He chased after her (NOT in the usual playful way, then realized the monster was gone. He stopped being in fight-mode, but still watched her with much suspicion, thinking she was some sort of shape-shifter. As she relaxed and became less stressed and normal again, he stayed across the room eyeing her. I could tell he was stressed and scared and pretty certain she would turn into the strange monster and get him.
We had to coax both kitties to come into the same vicinity, and when they did, Goose sniffed Choco-Luv thouroughly, trying to identify her. When she smelled eight, he circled the apartment sniffing and looking for the stranger who had just been here moments before. It’s been about 30 minutes and just now are the two of them bent back INTO shape! Silly kitties.
- Cat Breeds: Maine Coon (anrisaryn.wordpress.com)
- Space Heater Buying Guide (wayfair.com)
- Winter Safety Tips – Using a Space Heater (trinityairservices.wordpress.com)
- Cold weather heating tips (clesafety.com)