It’s the little things…

For the past four years, I have been waiting for the day Klaus and the cats were finally friends. I adopted a puppy hoping my cats would raise him to be basically a giant cat. That didn’t go as planned though. The cats weren’t fond of this big, smelly, energetic creature, and poor Klaus could never understand why.

The first year there was barely any progress on the friend front. Klaus was more than interested in being buds but neither of the cats wanted anything to do with him. He just had too much energy. The three of them would rarely even be in the same room together.

The second year the cats and Klaus joining Jeff and I in bed was a HUGE deal. I have so many grainy photos of the five of us together that I excitedly took. “I’m touching all my babies at once!” was whisper shouted multiple times. It was a very fragile thing though. One wrong move and the lot of them would scatter. Most of the time they hung out at completely opposite sides of the house unless united by their love of Jeff and I.

The third year things became a bit more comfortable. The three of them were regularly all in the same room, and often joined us in bed for a movie each evening. Touching was definitely off limits but it didn’t matter because I was happy to have everyone together. Once or twice I even caught Professor and Klaus in bed together without Jeff or I joining them. It was an exciting time.

This year everything changed. All of the animals cuddling up on the couch with us in the evening is a common occurrence. There have been more than a handful of occasions where Professor will be laying on my chest and Klaus would cuddle up next to us. Professor sometimes licks Klaus’ ears and even tolerates licks back. Its becoming more and more regular for Professor to smash his little head into Klaus’. (He’s a huge nuzzler!) Unlike in year two and three, it takes a lot of effort to get them off the couch or bed when they’re up there together. I’ve been feeling really great about it. Although I had been thinking that their friendship had reached its height, like if they hadn’t cuddled yet they probably wouldn’t. Then from my office, I glanced back into the living room and spotted this…

On my birthday I managed to grab a photo of a pretty awesome cuddle session between these two (see here) but I had been there as mediator. So to turn around and catch them like this without any other humans nearby was pretty dang exciting. I wonder how often this happens that I don’t catch it. Hopefully all the time…

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Author: Kaylah Stroup

A collector of weird things. Plant Enthusiast. Wanderer. Beachcomber. Forever longing for the desert.

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  • This made me really happy to read, which might be silly since I don’t know you or your animals personally but hey – you and your animals brighten my day!

  • So cute! Did you have to slowly introduce them or were they ok in the same house right away? Our kitty fur baby has been the only one in our house for a while but I always wondered if she would welcome another furry friend!

    • I want to say slowly, but not on purpose. That’s just how it worked out. Klaus was crate trained as pup so the cats got breaks from him whenever he was in there but when he was out they usually just went their own way. As he got older, staying out of his crate longer, and then entirely – the cats just continued to stay away. So the cats chose to introduce themselves slowly. πŸ˜›

    • Yeah, Squid and Professor aren’t really buddy buddy. She’s a loner so whenever I see him trying to clean her my heart explodes a little. They’ve been together for six years now, maybe one day they’ll cuddle too! πŸ™‚

  • This gives me hope! My cat wants so badly to be BFFs with my dog and my dog just isn’t having it. We’re only one year in, so I can definitely be patient knowing that precious cuddles like these are a possibility!

  • Aww yay! My own plott hound mix is so sweet with my kitty, I long for the day I see them cuddling! I’ve caught Rosalina and Forest on the bed together, and most recently Forest was playing with Rosie’s tail but no cuddles as of yet!

  • Awww!! I love this!! I currently have cats and I miss having a dog so much. I’ve been wondering if it would ever be possible to bring a rescue dog home peacefully. You’re giving me some hope this could maybe kinda work!!

  • What a handsome doggo he is ! And your cats <3 <3
    In our house it took about a year also for Ron cat to accept Eddie dog as a part of the family. That was six years ago and now Ron will snuggle up with Eddie and let him lick him all over in the mornings (but always makes sure he gives the doggo a dirty look afterwards!).
    The deg Twist loves Eddie so much, she comes to the front of her cage each evening to remind us to open the door so he can stick his head in and say hello!
    And all the animals are terrified of Colin the hamster!
    Love your animal posts πŸ˜€