Friday, December 4, 2009

The Girls and a Visit to the Doctor

The girls, Ophelia and Mia, don't get nearly enough cred here on this blog. I thought I'd take today to talk about our first family members. We adopted the girls just a month or so apart in late 1999. Ophelia (the fluffy one) was in a shelter that I was working at and Mia (the Siamese) was found by a friend on a cold night. When we first brought them together it was a little uncomfortable, some hissing and posturing, but eventually they became very close.

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Ophelia is lazy and pretty laid back. Mia is tense and highly strung. They seem to balance each other out. Over the years we have watched their close relationship; they comfort each other in times of fear and play with each other in the middle of the night. When we brought Cordelia home Mia became stressed out. She hid a lot and slunk around the house. She didn't get it when we explained to her that babies, at least while they are this small, have no interest in chasing cats. Mia wouldn't hear it. She would run from one safety zone to the next, certain that Cordelia would somehow gain control of her little baby body and make a full on attack.

While this was a bit amusing another, less funny, symptom began to develop. Mia began obsessively scratching her neck until it was raw and hairless. Gross out factor aside she was seriously stressed out and nothing we did seemed to offer her comfort. Enter Ophelia. She began grooming Mia with extra attention and patience. Her calm seemed to slowly seep in and the wounds began to heal. Now Mia's hair is almost all back and she is going in for regular sessions with her therapist, Ophelia.
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On another note we're off to visit the doctor for Cordelia's check up.

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6 comments:

affectioknit said...

Poor Cordelia - I don't blame her one bit - Jack had to go to the doctor yesterday too - and he had the same reaction...

Tom Bailey said...

It sounds like you have a great love for animals by taking them in like you have done. That is a very kind thing to do.

Adopting and taking in animals seems very common among my vegan friends.

Kindest regards,
Tom Bailey

eLiZaBeTh said...

You posted a picture of Mia once and the way she was sitting (sort of on top of her front paws) reminded me so much of my black cat, Jazmine (who Reese named Maow-it was one of her first words and it has stuck!) and I now know that Jazmine is part siamese...she is skittish and definitely a one person cat. I found her under my car in 2000 and we've been together ever since. P.S. She freaked out a little when Reese came home too, but now they are really special friends:)

Chrissy said...

I had no idea u had two kitties... Did u get them at the same time? Just curious, I am wanting another but a bit wary not sure whether the Queen will accept another in her territory...

Emily said...

Such a sweet story about your feline girls. I'm not sure our cats love each other that much. They tolerate each other well, but love....that's a strong word. =)

Annie said...

Oh, I thought at first that Cordelia was scratching her neck and going to the doctor for that... I'm going nuts here because the kids are keeping me up all night. :-)

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