Haha. Yes, I think you're right. My cats are plotting together...that would make total sense, and explains why they are suddenly so chummy.Haha, what are your cats up to? Probably plotting something. How to get you to give them more food...
Your cats will always love the one who feeds and plays with them.I'll take that explanation over "maybe they don't like me" any day!
All that cuddly stuff is just for show and to get your partner to feed them, too. Extra training.
I'm not sure that you're supposed to 'squish her down'....haha. I mean, you're just supposed to hold her back, sort of like what you would do with a person, in a crowd,...loosely hold back their shoulders, not actually squish them down,...unless you're wanting to play 'leap frog' or do some sort of circus/gymnastics jumping or something. Not sure.I gave it a quick try with the gate closed, when she was acting a little more agitated and focused on T, just to see what would happen. I squished her down...she hated it and wriggled out immediately, and then even went so far as to reach out a paw (she never does this) in my direction. The attitude was aggressive "get away from me" but no claws, and she only barely brushed my arm, the touch itself was gentle.
But yeah...she didn't like that!
But if I were a cat and someone squished me down, I'd be mad as heck, and turn all four paws on the squisher. Whew. Lucky that didn't go too bad. Let's not try that again.
Oh, this had me in stitches.Sometimes I think that even two people aren't enough for cat intros, and K and T aren't even particularly aggressive/fighting/hating each other with every ounce of their being. But wouldn't it be nice if you could station someone in every possible space in a house, and also have them ready with cardboard/towels/brooms. More eyes and hands would just be nice! Except you would also need the cats to accept all of these extra people...
All I kept picturing is the worst haunted house, ever, with all these people with cardboard/towels/brooms just waiting around the corners, and in all parts of the house. This would totally freak me out.
It's true, that your idea would be good, if it were sci-fi, and you could replicate the humans, and have them stationed in corners, except the cats would probably figure out who the real humans, and fake ones were, so again...not too good.
I guess we just have to stick with the old fashioned way, of just using two humans.
Yes, that 'talking to the humans' part...does not go with the trying to be 'quiet and sneaky' part.T at this point has noticed that the gate is open. But she kept looking at K and was hesitant about crossing the "line" (where the gate was open). She eventually came through, but was veeeeeeeery quiet, slow, and sneaky. And she kept checking on K for any movement.
T quietly went downstairs to the front door area then for some reason decided she wanted to talk to us (not sure why she would talk if she was trying to be sneaky) but K didn't even twitch - she was really, really deeply asleep. Possibly snoring.
T returned back to her side of the gate (still quietly) and then repeated a few times (going out, returning to "safety" on her side of the gate), always looking at K.
I think that T was probably asking you why K was sleeping so soundly
I wish I had eagle eyes. Cat videos...yes...other stuff...no.You have EAGLE eyes. For example I thought T wasn't paying attention to me at all during this but she does look up at me. Thank you for going through the videos I post and pointing out these little things that I don't notice!
I didn't actually notice the part in the video, where you said that T flinched, ...until I watched it like three times.
I really enjoy your videos, and your descriptions on what is happening, both before, during, and after is very informative.
(You're actually seeing things I probably wouldn't pick up on...like those little leg movements of K, too.)
Yes, it seems so sudden, but understandable, too, since our cats process movements, body language, sound, smell,...so much faster than we do,...so it does make sense that their behaviour would change quickly, too.I know, right?! The change was so sudden (though it might also have to do with us trying in the middle of the day, when they are both sleepier). Maybe she learned quickly that sudden movements will trigger K.
I know that it seems like sometimes they adapt so slowly, but not really, when you stop and think about how much information they are processing.
It must have to do with the middle of the day, and the sleepiness of the cats, too. Less awake, and more relaxed, too.
Haha. That would be great if every chase were a bluff, ...and in a way, you are right, it actually is...since cats who are playing are really just bluffing their way in play, with all their posturing, body movements, and runs/wrestling. To me, it always looks like they just have to expend this natural built-up energy, with either another cat, or with a run around the house, or running after a toy/object...or pretend toy.I thought it was odd too, I thought for sure K would chase through and possibly up the stairs. But she just stopped. The chase had the attitude of a bluff. Like, "I'm chasing you because I know you'll run, but I don't even need to chase you all the way because you know your place, right?"
I do wonder if K stopped, as well, because T was much faster. And if K were to pursue, up the stairs, T would have had the higher position/better position for an actual ambush, though T does not seem like the type of cat to actually do an ambush. I do sometimes see my cats break off a chase, mid-run, especially when stairs are involved, so I'm not sure if the stairs are a factor.
I can definitely hear K thinking those thoughts in her head, about the 'not needing to chase all the way', 'because she knows that T will run' and 'know her place'.
This would make sense, if K would stop at the gate, all the time, even on the same floor level, ...but since she stops only when going upstairs, then I'm not so sure.Alternatively, it's possible that K treats any area beyond the gate (even if the gate is open) as T's territory, and she just wanted T to return and get out of her space? K doesn't have a problem with coming through to the kitchen after T is put in her room for the night, though, and she sleeps there in the morning before T is let out. So it doesn't seem like she thinks she's intruding on another cat's territory.
Though it makes total sense, that K could just be wanting T out of her space.
It will be interesting to see what happens in the future.
I'm just so glad that K stops. It means that you don't have to break it up, and K can walk away.