By Valley Girl (VG)
Michael, I have to tell you about something that happened just now, as I was reading through the Sphinx/ Tootsie thread.
It really is, literally, a “visitor cat story”. I looked up from my computer, and saw a cat who is NOT Tootsie was inside my home eating Tootsie’s dinner. I jumped up, and the cat ran away. But, Tootsie was just outside the patio door, and looked confused, and maybe unhappy.
So, here’s the the back story:
I sometimes take Tootsie for “walkies” around our part of the condo complex. I happened to meet a neighbor on Toostie’s “walkies” who saw her and said “oh, she’s been on our patio.” They also have a rescue cat, “Steve”. I’d seen Steve occasionally, and realized that Steve must have been the cat I’d seen on my patio, even before I got Tootsie. So, I told my neighbor, Steve’s human companion, that Steve had been visiting us, also.
I ran into him later, and we joked that maybe Tootsie and Steve had a “thing” going. I don’t have any further reports about Tootsie’s visits, but we haven’t been on “walkies” for a while.
Anyway, back to the present. I realized, about 20 seconds after the visitor cat ran out the patio door, and saw the look on Tootsie’s face, that the cat visitor surely was Steve. Handsome short-haired tabby.
So, this was very very ODD behavior on Tootsie’s part. Maybe they do have a “thing” going.
It is really ODD, because of the visits of the cat I call “the invader cat” is a ginger and white cat that I’m sure doesn’t live in the condo complex.
Last summer this particular cat came into my condo in the early hours of the morning, and I woke up (a lot of noise) to find Tootsie hissing at her/ him in my bedroom. After I made a wild chase to capture this cat, and that is a story itself, he/ she leaped out of the open part of the window in my bedroom (upstairs, second story) and managed to take out the window screen on the way down to the ground.
I’ve seen same cat twice since, so cat obviously survived adventure. But, the only reason I’ve seen the “invader cat” is because I heard Tootsie outside on the patio, hissing and making a fuss. Both times I rushed outside, once to see Tootsie in action hissing off the “invader cat”, and the other time to see the “invader cat” running off. Tootsie does not like the “invader cat”, obviously, and Tootsie defends her patio territory perfectly well.
So, what’s going on? I need a cat specialist to explain this to me! Bear in mind, this just happened, I mean the Steve visit.
Why does Tootsie allow Steve on the patio, and even let him come inside, whereas she ferociously hisses off the “invader cat”? Are Tootsie and Steve in love, or what?