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September 20, 2010 - Jennifer Brookens

We are now a multiple-cat household.

The jig was finally up last night as my mother came back from her latest trip, armed with gifts and hugs. Her two cats at first pretended to ignore her, then grugingly let her pet them. But this time, she didn't corral them back into carriers to take back home. And all three cats noticed. One spent the rest of the night glaring daggers. The other became more of an attention pig than usual. And our (first) cat went back to being more demanding, and howling if the other two came near him. This morning a plant was knocked off the window ledge, the first naughty act since they arrived.

The two weeks before, there was tolerance between the three felines. They were used to each other. The two "visitors" were happy as long as they had each other. One was up for adoption, but as we saw how close these two stuck together, we realized they both might behave worse if separated.

"You know, it's expensive to keep three cats," my husband warned. But considering he grew up with numerous cats at any given time in his household, I think he'll adjust. Especially since we set the rules for feeding time: the one time where all three cats will work together for the common cause of more chum-flavored mush.

Here's to adjustment. Get the dustbuster ready as the fur and fury flies.


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