I am a dog person. Then Pibs, an outside cat, had a litter of four kitties. She couldn’t feed them anymore and winter was coming on. So, four kitties became house cats. Three were male and one was a female. Remember, I was a dog person. I soon found out that each cat has his/her own personality. And if this house was to remain in one piece, I would have to learn to meet each cat’s needs.
Mow-Mow is the only female cat. She is built much lighter and is the “sneaky” one of the bunch. Mow-Mow never goes out in the winter, only spring through fall. She brings to the door mice and birds that she catches. Mow-Mow is the cat that sleeps with us. It’s her job. When a game of tag breaks out, it is usually Mow-Mow that started it. It usually gets too rough and this cat needs rescued from her brother cats!
Dozer, with a name like that ya have to wonder. Dozer requires attention immediately when he wants it. He may go 3 days without needing any, but when he’s ready, this cat needs human contact. Dozer is a cat that likes rough petting and wooling. If he doesn’t get it this cat has been known to slap the heck out of whatever human is not giving him his needs. Dozer uses his head, literally. He puts it down and just starts pushing until you give him what he wants. Dozer is the biggest of the cats but his personality has surprised us. He hates confrontation with other animals, especially his litter mates. He actually has the personality of a big baby.
Tater Salad, I know, don’t ask. Tater’s personality has actually changed along the way. His favorite thing used to be retrieving a little stuffed mouse. This cat would beg for you to throw it. He was the most lovable, wanting to jump into your lap and just turn to jell-o when you petted him. Tater’s personality changed and he has become a fighter by trade. Tator sports a shortened ear that he wears proudly. He goes outside and fights any cat on the place. Oddly enough, Tater Salad does not fight his litter mates. If a strange cat slips through the door, Tator will mark territory..this is a part of Tator’s personality that momma is not happy with.
And lastly, the runt of the bunch, Wee Willie. Willie is a laid back cat most of the time. He has been the babied cat since he was such a runt. The other cats have babied him as well. Dozer gives Wee Willie a bath every day, even though Willie is by no means little anymore. Willie loves attention at supper time and when we are watching TV at night. It’s just his thing. Willie goes through life on a pretty even keel. This cat has a personality that is just about perfect for a house cat.
Make a list of your cats personalities. Try to find 1 thing that each cat loves. And try to do that 1 thing for that cat when he/she requires it. Since we have gotten on to each cat and it’s personality, life has been much happier here. Dozer needs that rough housing when he asks for it. Tator needs to know that NO other cat will come into the house. Mow-Mow needs to sleep with us and have her chin scratched. And Wee Willie? That cat and his personality will just take care of themselves!