We thought Spiral (our rescue cat) needed a playmate, and while there might be sparks at the beginning, they would probably adjust. They look very similar, Spiral is just darker and Naima has more tan on her. She was originally called Lilly, but Ben decided to rename her. Naima means ‘sleeping’ in Arabic. She does a lot of that.
Well, I put her in Ben’s room, as he wanted to be the parent of this animal. She quickly hid under his bed, and, confident that Spiral was asleep in my closet, I closed the door. We were talking when I heard some growls and screeches coming from Ben’s room. Apparently Spiral was in there, but we couldn’t find her. Shortly, Ben arrived home and explained that Spiral has been climbing up through a hole in the cloth under the box spring mattress and sleeping inside his mattress like a hammock. He had heard her moving around and seen her paws moving the cloth. (I must fix that hole!!!) Anyway, Spiral was in the mattress and Naima was stretched out on the floor just waiting for Spiral to come out. Spiral wouldn’t come out because Naima was there. Somehow, after a few hours of standoff, Spiral managed to escape to my room.
Naima has been curious about her new home, so she slips around sniffing things. Ben wanted to pick her up, but I told him to just go near her and sit down. She jumped into a nearby chair and he patted his lap for her to come to him and she did. He was thrilled. She has adopted him as her personal human, and doesn’t have a lot to do with me. She has her own litterbox and food and water in his room. He now sleeps with her, but sometimes she decides it is time to play, about 3:00 in the morning. She starts biting his feet and leaping around on the bed.
For several days now, the two cats have avoided each other. When they do meet there are some growls and bushy tails, but so far they have not had an out and out fight. The other evening, Naima was in my lap (for a change) and Spiral came to get in my lap. She looked up and saw Naima in my lap and about had a fit! She went off in a huff.
So, I will be taking Naima to the vet for her wellness visit on Tuesday, or rather Ben will be taking her. He might as well learn what is involved in caring for another. Today he left the house without feeding her. That is not going to go down well. Life promises to be interesting in the coming days. Our next task will be putting Soft Paws on both cats so they can’t hurt the furniture, my mother’s hooked rugs or each other.