I am five months in to my role as Cat Butler. In truth, though, since we’ve only been a fully integrated household for one week (wahooo!! more on that later!!), I’m still new to a lot of the cat proclivities. And I’m noticing quite a few differences between Newt and the boys.
The dogs are oafish. They knock into furniture. They knock over furniture. They bump into me, into each other, into the walls and doors and laundry baskets.
She tip-toes soundlessly, materializing periodically to startle me, then she slinks off to do quiet cat things.
The dogs plod around the house. They follow me from room to room. Even when I walk into a room, forget what I was going for, go back to my desk, then remember what I was looking for and go back… they’re with me.
The cat appears, examines the room, then – once in a while – settles in with us, though usually she slinks off, again, to her cat things.
The dogs are brutish. They’re loud and clumsy. I don’t think I’ve ever not known their exact location in the house. They’re frequently gnawing on each other’s head/neck/leg.
Newt? I can search for her everywhere and not find her, until she surfaces as I make a snack.
The dogs demand attention. They nudge my hand off the keyboard. They paw my leg when I’m on the phone. They stick their heads in my lap until I pat/scratch/kiss them.
The cat prefers not to be touched. Except sometimes. But only on her head. And for three seconds at a time. Or else.
The dogs vote Team Blake. The cat votes Team Ceelo.
Despite their differences, they share one thing in common that’s so strong it’s become the tie that binds: cheese. Well, food in general. All four team up against me at 7 am and 5 pm to insist upon their bowls being filled, utilizing a combination of meowing and pawing and pacing that is impossible to ignore. Once Emmett learns Newt can get the lid off the treat jar, I’m sunk.
Those of you with multi-pet households? What differences have you noted? Are your cats and dogs taking on each other’s habits? Or are they totally different?