Merlin and Lady Continued
So long story short and after mulling it over for a few days, I decided to take on another kitty. Well let me tell you, it was havoc for a while especially since neither Merlin or Lady seemed to be happy about the arrangement. I had to keep Lady in the bathroom, at least while I was at work and for sleeping at night. Fortunately, I had a large bathroom at the time, so Lady had some toys, a bed and litter pan. She seemed happy enough although Merlin was certainly not happy. He had never been in the same room with another cat. And being that he was very protective of me he would sleep in the bedroom doorway doing guard duty all night, because he knew that creature was in the house!
The days I was home of course Lady had the run of the house. So they both had to get used to having one another to contend with. Merlin was unhappy when Lady would get on my lap, which happened pretty quickly as Lady was a lap cat. And then when they were both with me on the big recliner, Lady had to perch on the top of the chair near my head. Merlin on my lap of course. Merlin continued to give her dirty looks all the while.
This went on for quite a while but they did eventually get used to each other. And as the years rolled by they have become fast friends, at least as much as cats can ever be friends. Merlin continues to give Lady dirty looks especially when they are both on my lap and she is closer to me than he is. They even nap together as evidenced by the picture above!
Introducing my kitties, Merlin on the left and Lady on the right.
They are brother and sister but I did not get them at the same time.
I got Merlin first since I had the pick of the litter. Lady at that time was the ‘runt” of the litter and was so tiny that I almost took her cause she was so cute. But Merlin stole my heart right from the start. He was only eight weeks old when I brought him home and we bonded pretty quickly. And although he was pretty frisky and got into a lot of trouble those first weeks and beyond, we managed to survive intact.
After getting him “fixed” he settled down and stopped breaking lights and vases and pretty much anything within his reach that he could knock over. And most everything was within his reach being a cat!
After a few years we settled down into a routine and I was actually training him to sit, stay and some other commands and tricks like jumping in the air. I think he thought for awhile he was a dog. Unfortunately he began to eat things within his reach like a dog would do. Like ribbons and wrappers from Balance bars, and pretty much anything that crinkled. After a few anxious visits to the vet to keep him from choking on what he had swallowed, I, if not he, learned a lesson. Did I mention it was also very expensive rushing him to the Vet at odd hours of the night. Now, I have learned to keep everything that could be considered dangerous, out of his reach.
After three years of Merlin and my fun and games, the woman who had the original litter contacted me and said that Lady was up for adoption as her owner had taken ill and could not care for her. And I had been thinking that Merlin should have a playmate.
I think I am going to have to continue this on the morrow as it is turning into a novel of sorts or at least a short story. So, to be continued………
By the way it is only about 6pm here on the West Coast and also it is November 2nd, not the 3rd, as it is on the east Coast!!!