The cats, a.k.a. Zulu, Bluebell and Elmo, have never really been exposed to, let alone lived with a puppy so I’m was incredibly apprehensive as to how they’d take the new addition to the family. However, we’ve now had Saffi for just over seven weeks and I’m delighted to report that relations with the original fur-babies are improving day-by-day.
‘Please drop something…’
We have a few ground rules:
– Cats allowed upstairs, Saffi not;
– Cats fed before Saffi;
– Saffi categorically not allowed to chase or bark at the cats.
Elmo and Zulu have touched noses with Saffi and accepted licks and kisses but we still have some work to do with Bluebell – whilst she’ll accept Saffi sitting next to her on our knee she is apprehensive when they’re both on the floor.
Bluebell reluctantly accepting a cuddle next to Saffi
When Bluebell yowls to warn Saffi to keep her distance it seems to make Saffi want to play even more… and poor Bluebell is an old lady at 13 and has no interest in playing. When Saffi is at her sleepiest we sometimes ‘show’ her to Bluebell so that Bluebell will learn that Saffi isn’t really a threat. But then the next day Saffi will bark at Bluebell, be told off by one of us, and we’ll be back to square one!
Any tips welcome!