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Hurray for Leila!

Just now, there was a godawful commotion in my living room, and when I went to investigate, I found that a goldfinch had somehow found its way into my flat and was desperately trying to get away from Leila and Manasse. Leila? Yes, her hunting instinct had taken over and she'd left the safety of the bathroom to chase after the hapless little bird. I tried my best to catch it, so that I could release it outside unharmed, but unfortunately, all my efforts did was drive it straight into Leila's reach. She jumped up and killed it, snapping its neck in less than a second. Manasse stood and cheered, and Leila took her trophy back to the bathroom with her. I let her play with it for a few minutes, then I took it and threw it out.

Leila's now strutting about the flat looking for it, licking her chops and looking very pleased with herself. Manasse follows her in total awe, like a little boy trailing after his favourite football hero in the hope of getting an autograph. Clio's lying low somewhere, probably pondering the question what this'll mean to the hierarchy and her place in it. For the last few weeks, she's been trying to assert her dominance over Leila, and there have been several really bad fights between the two, in which it seemed that, with the help of Manasse, she was getting the upper hand. With Manasse back in Leila's camp, she can't be too sure of that anymore...Kitty politics are endlessly fascinating to watch.

Anyway, Leila's euphoric; and seems to have forgotten that she's afraid to go in the other rooms. I'm hoping today's excitement will help restore her confidence, and then the poor little goldfinch won't have died in vain.



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Sep. 17th, 2005 11:11 am (UTC)
Hey, I'll post you Harmony-the-Budgie if any more of your cats need cheering up! ;)
Sep. 17th, 2005 11:19 am (UTC)
Now I know you don't mean that (at least, for Harmony-the-Budgie's sake, I hope you don't), but thanks for the offer, anyway! ;-)
Sep. 17th, 2005 11:32 am (UTC)
Now I know you don't mean that...

No, I do love him really! He is giving me a funny look though. ;)
Sep. 17th, 2005 11:52 am (UTC)
Leila sounds like such a character, I like it when pets have distinct personalities! Also, when I was in Berlin this week, I noticed that people put their smaller cats and dogs in bags to take them on the train; so very cute :o) I guess it's more of a European thing to do as no-one does it in Britain - a bit of a shame really!
Sep. 17th, 2005 02:51 pm (UTC)
Leila sounds like such a character

Well, she is; but to be honest, so are my other two. They all have distinct personalities, but Leila's certainly the one who gets written about most, mainly because she always manages to get into the silliest scrapes.

Also, when I was in Berlin this week, I noticed that people put their smaller cats and dogs in bags to take them on the train

Really? In bags? Mine travel in a wicker basket or kitty carrier, but they always embarrass the hell out of me with their plaintive meowing, or, in teh case of Manasse, downright screaming. It's funny how one's fellow passengers always feel compelled to make conversation and enquire into the cat's health and well-being and launch into stories of their own pets, when all one wants to do is get from A to B as unobtrusively as possible!
Sep. 17th, 2005 01:35 pm (UTC)
Go Leila! I hope this means she's got her groove back. Hee! I love that Manasse has a kitty crush on her now!
Sep. 17th, 2005 02:56 pm (UTC)
It's a sad state of affairs when my cat had to turn into a murderer first before she snapped out of whatever funk she's been in for the past 5 months -- but yes, she does seem to be more at ease with herself and the other cats today...
Sep. 17th, 2005 06:20 pm (UTC)
I guess she just needed something to jar the concept in her head that, "Hey, I'm a cat, dammit! Must kill bird now! Mrrrow! I rule!"

Poor birdy, but I hope its death won't be in vain!
Sep. 17th, 2005 02:10 pm (UTC)
Kitty politics are endlessly fascinating to watch.
How very true! My older cat has now taken over as the mother figure and teacher for the kittens while the mother cat has tried to revert back to being a kitten herself.
Sep. 17th, 2005 03:00 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad I didn't take the vet's advice and just left them to sort it out amongst themselves. It's taken quite a while for Leila to get her groove back, but now that she has, I expect it won't belong before I can leave them alone again without having to worry about what state I'll find Leila in when I get back. Which, with the CoRo tour coming up, is quite a load off my mind.
Sep. 17th, 2005 08:46 pm (UTC)
Go Leila! Poor goldfinch, but still, I'm glad she seems to have recovered some of her confidence. That's wonderful!
Sep. 17th, 2005 09:31 pm (UTC)
It's amazing, the change that's come over her. All of a sudden, she's behaving like she always did before, reclaiming her spot in my lap and at my side, trailing after me chattering away...God, I've missed that! And it's lovely to see that Manasse's reverting back to his previous worship of her; they always were very close and her recent behaviour has been upsetting to him as well.

But poor Clio, it looks like she's back to being the gooseberry again. :(
Sep. 17th, 2005 10:53 pm (UTC)
Indeed, poor Clio. It's probably even more disheartening since now she knows what she's missing.
Sep. 17th, 2005 11:43 pm (UTC)
I'll just give her some extra cuddles, maybe that'll make her feel better.
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