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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 06-12-2012, 03:48 PM Thread Starter
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What a difference....

..a year makes.

Shepherd Book went from driving me (and MowMow) completely bonkers to really settling in. March and APril were just OVER the top. I wasn't well and MOwMow was having trouble dealing with my mother staying with us (with no end in sight) and Book just compounded the problem so badly I thought I'd have to rehome him. I didn't want to even think to hard about it, he was an adult (almost) black cat and kitten season was coming up.... who would want him?

After my mom went home and I was more mobile I was able to really lay down the law. I took on a zero tolerance policy for his shenanigans. I don't know if it was that, his age finally kicking in or a combination of the two but he really got himself together.

Granted, I still can't leave ANYTHING edible on the counter or on the lowest shelf of the cabinet. It has to be in a sealed glass container. He'll chew through plastic containers and bags. I can't leave my food on the table and walk away to get anything. I have to tuck him under my arm and take him with me.

What seems to have changed is his attitude. He still loves to bug his brother but now it seems play ful and not aggressive. It's a bit disconcerting but even when I'm just sitting on the couch he lays there and stares at me with this goofy adoring gaze until he falls asleep. If I make eye contact he flops over and shows me his belly, chirping and trilling for rubs. He still tries to steal MowMow's spots (closest to me) but as long as he can touch me with a paw or even his tail he seems content now.

The two of them have worked out a truce. Book still grabs at MowMow and will still smack him in the head at food time but now instead of running off and hiding MOwMOw knows to stay close to me and if Book runs at him I'm there to intercept him with a dishcloth flick to the backside. As long as MowMow can molest him on a regular basis (in the worse sense of the word), he seems to be happy to tolerate Books presence and they even get in chasing fits running around the apartment.

Anyway, I've FINALLY grown pretty attached to the little beast. I was always fond of him, even when he infuriated me but now I quite love the Demon Spawn.

THeir catnip cigar was MIA for the longest time, I found it when I moved the couch yesterday. Here is Book coming down from a catnip high.


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I LOVE his name, BTW!! Brownshirt power!
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I'm so glad he's calmed down! Such a sweet little innocent boy, I don't believe half the stories you tell.

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What a cutie! Black cat on a white carpet.


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Glad to hear Book's settled down....as you say it could be a combination of things, a little tough love on your part I'm sure played a big part.

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I can definitely relate. Brody was a holy terror up until about a month ago. He turned one in March. Just like your Shepherd Book. Picking on Sasha and Sherlock, trying to grab food all the time, getting into everything. It took a lot of patience and tough love. When Sherlock got sick we kept him in our room for 2 weeks after to be separate from the other cats and I could tell Brody missed him. Once we let him out he started to be well-behaved, like a switch or something. So I totally understand how you feel. Shepherd Book does have that cute little innocent look haha.
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wow, i am so happy for you! at last! all your patience has paid off. ahh, the joys of motherhood.
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I'm so happy that he has finally settled down. I can totally relate though...I've got a 9 month old who is in her terrible 2s and is attacking both of my adults. My girl won't fight back, but my boy Snickers will. I guess she's trying to claim alpha status because it definitely isn't play. The water bottle is my friend and her nemesis.
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My Jonah is almost 3 and he is STILL a holy terror. I had one other cat like this--Loki--who was a PITA until he was 14! We then had 4 pretty normal years and he died at 18+. I'm assuming that Jonah will continue to be Demon Spawn for a good while yet, alas!
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The water bottle is my friend and her nemesis.

Lol. I have one as well that I decoupaged all pretty and in pink lettering it says "Feline Torture Device." Book lives in fear of the Feline Torture Device.
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