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I missed my first anniversary on LJ last year. Now I've missed my second, too: it was 3 days ago. Does my missing it twice in a row make it a tradition already?

In other news: Manasse is up and about, and this has created a definite problem. Leila, who up until this morning was his best friend and surrogate mother, and who is No. 1 Cat in my household, has turned against him big time. She's attacked him so viciously, I had to lock her in the spare room, where I can still hear her hissing and spitting. She even lunged at me! She's never done that. Me and Leila, we're bestest buddies -- or at least, I thought so. Manasse is bleeding again, and very distressed. He's in the hall, sitting watch outside Leila's room, and crying plaintively -- I never knew he could make that much noise!

And the weirdest thing: Clio, who ordinarily can't stand him, although she's keeping her distance, hasn't engaged in any open hostilities...yet. What's going on here? Why have my cats suddenly swapped personalities? And how do I best protect Manasse while he needs time to heal?



Apr. 12th, 2005 05:27 pm (UTC)
My guess would be that Manasse smells wrong - sorta like Manasse, but not really. Maybe try some of the tricks for introducing a new cat to a household - like rub one with a towel and then rub the other with the towel and back again, so their scents rub off.

As for Manasse, I'm sure he wouldn't like to be sequestered, but is there a bedroom or bathroom that you can put him in that has a little box on one side and the food dish on the other? His own room would keep him same and having the stuff there would keep him from over exerting himself. How to get him to not like himself? That's a good question for the vet. Maybe there's some sort of bitter tasting product that could be applied.

Best wishes with Manasse.
Apr. 12th, 2005 05:53 pm (UTC)
Hee. I just re-read this and realized there's typos that might be a bit hard to translate.

"keep him same" should be "keep him safe"
"not like himself" should be "not lick himself"
Apr. 12th, 2005 08:06 pm (UTC)
Best wishes with Manasse.

Thank you. He seems to be feeling better with every passing minute (ah! the resilience of youth!), but Leila's behaviour really has me worried now. I've still got her locked up in the spare room, and everytime I go in there she hisses and growls at me, which is not like her and a clear indication that she's very, very upset. And I can't try the towel trick because neither she nor Clio will let me get near them...though Clio, bless her socks, still hasn't shown any outward hostility other than the occasional growl to warn Manasse "okay mate, that's close enough now!"


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