We currently have three cats in our home: a 10-year-old black male, Kai; a 3-year-old Silver Ocicat female, Cirrhi; and a 3-year-old male Chocolate Ocicat, Ritter. We also have a 13-year-old Border Collie! After a loss of a pet earlier, we decided it was time to get a new kitten. We had always admired Bengals, and were fortuitous enough to find a 16-week-old male available in our area. Here is how we introduced him to our household.
It’s been about 5-6 weeks now since we added a Bengal kitten (Cosmo) to our household. It has taken longer than with any other kitten – but we are finally seeing some FRIENDS being made with everyone!
It started first with our youngest male cat (Ritter) – he is very laid back and loves to play. He never did get any ruffled feathers because of the new kitty, and has always wanted to be friends, but I think he didn’t know *how*. Cosmo seems to play a bit different than Ritter knows. So it’s taken some time for them to figure it out. Every now & then I’d see a little chase go on – the flick of a tail around the corner. Once I even spied Cosmo trying to wrestle with Ritter. Very exciting! Finally, we started to see some REAL chasing going on – much fun by all! Cosmo and Ritter galloping around the house after each other. Then one night, I saw the two of them down right wrestling with each other. I was so excited to see this! I knew it would happen sooner or later and what fun to watch! I suspect the two of them will be snuggling up for naps eventually.Now, our female cat (Cirrhi), is doing her best. She is QUEEN of the castle for sure, and isn’t too pleased with our new addition. Cosmo has learned quickly he has to back down from Cirrhi. Once they started to figure that out (and we learned she wasn’t going to hurt Cosmo) – things have progressed. We’ve seen them playing a few quick games of chase. Cosmo often tries to get in on whatever Cirrhi may be doing or begging for, but knows to slink down, and lay flat if she turns his way! It is quite humorous. But it is interesting to see how the two cats act with each other. I’m not sure they will ever be Best Friends Forever, but we are making progress. Last night we had a first: Cirrhi and Cosmo both on my lap in the evening. It wasn’t for very long, but they were at peace. Cirrhi seemed a bit put out when she saw Cosmo was on my lap – HER usual spot. She pouted for a while, and then finally, gingerly, made her way over and situated herself on my lap, but of course, not touching Cosmo. Too funny!
Our one holdout is Kai – our oldest male. He’s 10, and doesn’t do much playing to begin with. He has always been the hardest to win over anyway, so we are not expecting much. So far, all we’ve seen is a few tentative sneak-sniffs. Cosmo LOVES to play with Kai’s tail… this does not please Kai. But it is funny to see how long Cosmo can hold out before attacking the tail, even though he knows he shouldn’t.Last is Mocca, our 13-year-old Border Collie. Well, she doesn’t pay a bit of attention to Cosmo. She has been trained to ignore the cats mostly – and she does – unless they get too near her food or treat. Then they get snarls and sometimes a bark if they don’t watch it. Because of this, Cosmo LOVES Mocca! He has no fear really of her, even though he’s been too close to her food once or twice and been surprised with a bark. He walks under her, around her, sits by her. He is pretty sure anytime Mocca gets a treat he should, too… And, he seems to enjoy her bed, as you can see! This has happened on numerous occasions and always fills us with laughter.
Stay tuned for more Cosmo updates!
Check out Melissa’s previous posts about her kitten, Cosmo, here.