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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-04-2012, 09:52 AM Thread Starter
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Holly & Jake - major milestone!!!

Last night I was sitting on the couch with the recliner up, Jake was on the footrest between my legs facing the TV. Holly, ever so cautiously, so as not to alert him to her presence...approached from behind, crawled up and settled on my chest (her favorite spot). I'm sure Jake knew she was there but he didn't acknowledge her. She stayed for 15 minutes! Huge milestone!!!

Then a little later I was in the bathroom, all 3 cats lying in the bedroom with Jake lying on the floor just outside the bathroom door (I think he was trained that the bathroom was off limits because he never comes in). Holly came up behind him and again very cautiously walked past him. And he didn't react. She stayed a few minutes and then went out past him again. She settled on the floor about 4 feet away from him and proceeded to groom herself (with her back to him) and then laid on her back with her belly up and rolled around!!!

Major, major progress!!!


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Cool! So he's one of the gang now..


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Go Holly and Jake!! What would have happened before now -- they wouldn't have gotten that close to each other?


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Every time one of the cats approaches me Jake either inserts himself between us...nothing aggressive just blocks their approach till they walk away. Or if he's in his crate he whines and yips with an occasional bark which scares them away. It was getting to the point where I figured I was going to need to find a way to train him out of the behavior. Still needs work, but this was a huge step in the right direction.

Kobi is a bit intimidated by him, which isn't a bad thing. Maggie is just starting to come downstairs at time other than mealtime. But Holly is really getting back to being herself. She wants to be friends with him really badly and knowing Holly she will get her way eventually.

I took a few days off work, been home since Sunday, and I think that has made a huge difference in the comfort level around here.


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Great! Glad to see things are settling down..time and patience, time and patience
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That's wonderful!!

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Way to go Holly!


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hurray! i love seeing relationships blossom between animals!
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Nice story! How great....

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Yesterday I had a couple friends over and one of them brought her dogs (miniature poodles). Amazingly, all 3 cats were actually downstairs and interested. Holly gave me a look like "bad enough one, now there's 2 more? what are you thinking?" But she hung out watching all day. Had a great time trying to cook dinner (we boiled up some lobsters!) with 3 dogs and 3 cats underfoot.


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