Sunday, February 7, 2010

Meet and Greet ~ Pet Introductions Continued

Well, the meet and greet (existing dog ~ new cat) has been going quite slowly. Sweet little kitty has very sharp claws . . . . and Cider is not used to young cats that run at turbo speed. "Who me?" says Holly. My ability to trim those tiny little claws is also a work in progress. Holly is doing well using her scratching post, but it doesn't really trim her nails.

So far the meetings have involved me holding Cider's collar and the cat keeping a respectful distance. We have progressed beyond the peeking door technique . . . but I can't hold the dog and use my camera, lol.

I admitted to my daughter this week that I am indeed a bit nervous about the first unrestrained meeting. . . with no leash or collar involved. She assumed I was worried about the kitten (ha!) and recently realized I am actually more worried about the dog. Cider only has experience with declawed, geriatric cats. I think Cider is in for a shock when she discovers that cats do have claws. "OMG!" My daughter exclaimed. . . . "you're more worried about the dog!" Well . . . maybe, I replied. I have seen an upset cat jump on a dog's back before, with all four sets of claws digging in. Not so fun for our canine friends. So . . . slow and steady it goes.

In the mean time Cider likes the new food bowls, new plush and feathery cat toys and bouncing balls with bells : )


Ms. B @ Millie Deel said...

Aww, haha it'll get better I'm sure. They're both adorable!

cinner said...

Aww, I love the peeking through the door, I agree with you about the cat. My one dog, Jack russell, plays with the cat, they play tag, but sometimes the cat corners him, when the older dog comes in, they chase the cat, the cat has her hiding spots, she is the instigator. They should do okay. they seem to figure it out pretty fast. Good luck have a great week.

Anonymous said...

Oh I'm with Cider all the way, keep him safe I say. My old cat used to get enjoyment out of torturing our Golden retriever many years ago I am sure! Mind you this same cat used to ambush my ankles when I walked down the hallway so you see what I mean ;0) Loved her to bits though!

Monica@The White Bench said...

Oh poor Cider! I bet she's much sweeter than the cat ;))

Reflections from the Stone Nest said...

I see Cider is "anxiously" awaiting his new-found friend :) Hope all goes well.

Your hats are lovely. I have a few of my grandmother's and hope to get some of my Mother's. Nothing like vintage hats!

Have a good week,

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Hi Karen!

You've got your hands full with your new resident blending in smoothly! Sounds like you're doing it as gently as possible. I just hope poor Cider doesn't get any bad claw experiences.

Looks like you've been busy finding warm woollies for us to drool over! You find the loveliest things!!

Big hugs from cold snowy Ohio! Sherry

Marydon Ford said...

Adorable! these precious moments ... I SEE you!

Have a beautiful day ~
TTFN ~Marydon