Sunday, September 5, 2010


We've made some progress on the Romeo front!  Well, that is to say that Romeo himself has made some great progress in getting more comfortable in our home.  I think that he is starting to feel better - now that his stomach issues and his bladder infection have cleared up, he's more curious about his surroundings, and doesn't just sit in the window or on our bed all day long - he wants to explore.

In just the past two days, he's jumped up on the dresser to look around up there.  (Granted, he promptly got yelled at, and told to get himself back DOWN, but even if it was technically misbehavior, I'll take that over a lethargic, unhappy cat.)  He's also stumped across the floor and checked out Argos, once he realized that Argos was in his crate and therefore couldn't eat him, tried to use the scratching post, explored the closet, AND today he went downstairs of his own volition.  And then when we got back home this evening, he was in the living room, sacked out in the papisan chair that we have back in one corner.

Sorry for the lack of focus in the picture above; I was trying to snap it quickly because I could tell he was nervous when Jeff, Argos and I burst through the front door and we all (the humans anyway) started making a fuss over him and snapping pictures.  I realize that a cat napping in the papisan chair is not newsworthy normally, but this is HUGE for him.  Usually when he's in the living room, he's back in the corner so that no one can sneak up on him, and he will NOT come out.

He and Bit are still at odds; she still stalks him quite a lot... but I think it's getting better.  He's actually gotten her to back down a few times by hissing at her.  In fact, I'm watching them even now, and Bit has backed off and is sulking, watching him from a distance.

Annie and Charlotte still don't get along with Romeo very well either, however we can trust both of them to more or less leave him alone.  Charlotte is going to growl and hiss at him if he gets too close to her, but she isn't going to go out of her way to make his life miserable.  Annie always looks vaguely confused and hurt when he hisses at her; she really doesn't have much aggression at all!

And of course, he's never had much issue with Argos.

Speaking of Argos, he's still enjoying the yard, though we're having some difficulty making him relax out there.  We've finally decided that he's nervous; it's something new, and I think for some reason he's worried that we're going to leave him outside by himself.

Here's some pictures of him grazing on what little grass I managed to root this summer...  does he not look like some kind of forest deer?


  1. Congratulations on Romeo's big steps!

    Well, I'm partial to Argos, of course, and I do think he's beautiful out there! I'll bet he warms to the yard pretty soon!

  2. Congratulations on the progress!

    I had to look at the pictures pretty intently because it really did look like a deer.

  3. Why do they always find what little grass we have TO EAT?! Oh, well.

    We just gave you an award! Stop by to pick it up!

  4. Hi all,
    Argos does look like a deer in that one photo...
    People use to say that Joker looked like a deer too. I could see that!!
    Glad Romeo is doing a little better!!
    Hope you and yours are having a good time together!!!
    XXOO, Bambi(My rescue dog) & Fern (me)
    PS, Did you get that picture I sent in the email of Joker??

  5. Thank you, everyone! Romeo appreciates the well-wishes. He continues to improve, and I am cheered to see him stumping around the house to explore it instead of hiding away and not wanting to be bothered.

    And thank you for the award, Pibble! I am honored that you thought of me!

    And Fern, yes, I did see the beautiful picture of Joker... such a handsome boy. He really did look a lot like Argos! I love red fawn greyhounds. :)

  6. Thank you so much for joining up with the Pet Blogger Blog Hop and taking the time to stop by and visit our blog. We are going to have a cat friendly giveaway after BlogPaws for an outdoor safe area for cats and small dogs to play so they can get fresh air and see the world without you having to worry about them. Might be something really good for Romeo to feel even more comfortable with your family.

    Felissa and the Two Little Cavaliers