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At long last, feline felicity

Written by Kathryn Spira


Well, I'm sure I've mentioned that when we first brought Jerry into the family a couple years ago, our long-time (since 2002) female cat Sally was so not happy! She spit and sputtered and no matter how much Jerry, our new ginger, male cat, tried to cozy up to Sally, she was having none of it.

So, a mere two and a half years later, I can finally display a photo of the two sharing space on Oscar's doggy bed. I've even seen them licking each other and brushing past each other in an affectionate manner.

Now, you have to know that for many years Sally only had our former cat Sam as company in the house along with our then favorite canine Dalmatian Moxie. And like most domestic animals, Sally isn't a fan of change. But male, ginger cats have a special "friendliness factor" according to our vet, Amy French. And it appears to be true.

I have always been a cat person. It wasn't until about 20 years ago that Herman brought our dog Moxie into the family. It was the first time I have ever had a dog and though it took me awhile to get used to her she turned out to be a wonderful pet. For a while we had Sam, Sally, and Moxie and everyone got along very well at that time. Then Sam passed away when he was 18 and Sally was upset --understandably so. When we brought Jerry home Sally was not pleased and wanted no part of it. She stayed angry and nasty not only towards Jerry, but she was not happy with Oscar, Herman, or me either.

Now I've always said that I'm not a big fan of change-- I guess it runs in the family with Sally too. In the enclosed picture of Sally and Jerry they are hanging out and though it must seem as natural as can be, it’s taken almost a full 2 years for Sally to just relax around him. And it's not all the time either. She's still hisses, spits, and swats, and even growls at Jerry at times when Jerry is wanting to be too friendly. Sometimes when I'm in bed I will hear this drama between them going on all night long, they chase each other throughout the house and even run up and down the steps 100 mph all night long, or so it seems to me.

I’ve often heard the saying, “old habits die hard,” hopefully in the picture included the good energy will continue between them. I can only hope for the best. In closing I want to tell you guys one more thing-- as nasty as Sally can be, she has no claws, and as nice as Jerry is he does have claws and they're both harmless, and even though Jerry has claws he never uses them!


About Kathryn Spira

Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland, OH who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues freelance writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County, New York. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site