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It's interesting to watch our cats reorganize themselves now that Peeker, the Alpha has gone. Almost immediately they started taking on new roles when they realized he wasn't just gone to the vet for a day or two.

The youngest one, Jewel who used to be very standoffish has gotten much more social. Still doesn't like being picked up all that much but will now lay on the back of the couch behind our heads and allow you to pet her. Even purrs. She has also become much more playful.

Jasper the middle boy who was very independant before has become almost clingy now. He always wants to be in someone's lap and allows for lots of loving. He's also gotten even more mischevious than he was originally. Grated I think some of the wanting to be near us is a form of grief they are going through. And some separation anxiety. We had to reassure them last night, after being gone to the farm all weekend that we would not be leaving them. When Peeker started getting really sick, we went into death watch mode I think and Deb stayed at the city house each weekend while I went to the farm. So this was the first weekend in months when we were both away.

This morning I woke up to Jewel sitting on my chest. After I took my shower, Jasper sat on the back of the toilet watching me while I tied my hair back and brushed my teeth. He doesn't want to let me out of his sight for very long.

I got them a couple catnip toys from the pet store the other night and they went nuts on them. They pretty much shared though. No clear dominace patterns yet. I've not seen anyone make any plays to become the Alpha but that may happen over time. If nothing else, they are entertaining to watch.

Wander

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jelly_fish
Feb. 28th, 2006 09:29 pm (UTC)
Personality changing cats
One of my cats became the most affectionate cat after the "top cat" died. It was strange, but good to watch the transformation.
I guess they have to grieve and then re-establish their pecking order.
wander
Mar. 1st, 2006 01:34 am (UTC)
Re: Personality changing cats
Yeah i think so.

W
virga_flame
Mar. 6th, 2006 08:37 am (UTC)
unrelated exposition
Our New Mexican landscape is parched and dry. We've no snowpack in the high peaks, no moisture in the high plains to the east nor the high desert to the west. We drown in dust.

Cimarron and Miami recently had a large grassfire, over 12,000 acres, the largest ever, I think, this early in the season. In the season. Ha! It's weeks, months even before fire season, yet we see fire restrictions in our forests and we see our grasslands burn.

Last I heard, the Miami fire was ninety percent contained with only one outbuilding lost. But this is close to home for me, and closer, I suspect, for you.

I burn candles to San Ysidro, but amongst so much other flame, who knows what is seen or heard? I burn candles, I think of the folks I've met up in Mora, in Las Vegas, on Rowe Mesa and in other forsaken places. I think of the tinderbox, the National Forest that is my own backyard. But it's Cimarron, Miami, Mora in my senses and my prayers. It's those eastern grasslands, in flames like my very Soul, that I'd pray for if I knew how.

I'm glad to be able to tell you that Cimarron, that Miami was saved from this very early season burning. It was a blessing, likely, and the lush grasses of last year are now gone to ash and no longer a threat. But StoneBear, those places you know need all the attention you and I can give them.
wander
Mar. 6th, 2006 04:29 pm (UTC)
Re: unrelated exposition
I had heard about the fire the day it started and had contacted friends out there and was keeping up with it. I lived in two places in Miami and it was very strange to hear about them evacuating. I can't imagine all the artists, ranchers and old hippies leaving very easily. But yes, it's probably a saving grace that the grasslands were burned off if the predicitions of anotehr dry year come true. The farmers here have been burning thier ditches and meadows for the same reason. If we have the drought they are predicting, it's less of a liability. I've been doing a lot of praying for NM. I'll remember to say something extra for your forest.

Peace,

SB
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