Sammie’s Tail Part 27
We are really enjoying Bettinna. She is loveable and loves to play with toys on sticks with strings, and I am getting new toys all the time to try to stimulate her and keep her interested with her extreme energy. She talks to us and we are learning to understand what each sound she makes. It is like a whirring sound with different inflections. She even talks to herself.
I drove the behaviorist nuts at North Shore Animal League. As wonderful and patient she was. To understand what I needed to do when introducing them to each other. When we first brought Bettinna upstairs it was overwhelming for her. We took her into Sammie’s room, the room Sammie hangs out most of her time in. Bettinna ran around and freaked out.
I thought, Sammie was not going to like this. At first she would fight with Sammie and get very energetic so we would close the basement door and go back down there. She seemed to be comfortable with it at first as this was her first home with us and she was comfortable there and it calmed her. Still to this day, she loves me to pet her on the stairs and she lies down and waits for me to pick her up.
We thought if we put her in the basement she would calm down. She really was still a very young energetic kitten. Sammie was so quiet, with her silent to our ears meows and didn’t bother anyone. Some people like that kind of cat. But, I know Sammie is still coming out of her shell. She was abused and had bad experiences, where Bettinna had less tramau it seemed or handled it better and was a lot younger.
When we put her in the basement, she figured out how to push the accordion style door open and climb up through the top. All of a sudden she was upstairs walking around, and we were stunned and yes, impressed the same. Ha!
We now have extra locks on all our doors where we don’t want her to go, especially the laundry side of the basement. She got in and I yelled at her, and she ran back out. So she knows. Her paws are used as hands.
I love her smarts and energy and interaction with us. We played with her tirelessly. At first she would be a bit nervous and her skin would ripple back and forth a bit. We found the odd hair ball and she threw up a bit. Today that does not exist at all. It may be her nervousness and adjusting to the food.
We have her on hairball treats and bit of hairball food. She only likes dry food.