Franz and Maddie seem to be bonding well. Maddie had been with us just over a month now, so she is just about a year old. Franz is 8. They mutual groom, no fighting at the food bowls, they exchange meals, even though it's the same damn thing..HA!..and share my bed, though not together. They seem to be playing more and more together at least I hope it's playing; this is where I could use some advise. Body language, Franz's ears are slightly set foward during play, I've read that this is pre attack, or pissed off mode. His tail tip twitches..same definition, yet his tail twitches when I pet him sometimes as well and he is obviously enjoying himself..so not sure I buy that as a negative. Fur...not on end...pupils normal, maybe a little slitty (made up word!) at times. Claws retracted. Now if he wanted to hurt her, he certainly could, he's 16lbs, she's just under 5lbs. He occasionally gets her in a "on her back position" for just a few seconds...she wiggles out quickly. More and more she is returning the punches (batting), again claws retracted. No yelps, no screams, in fact Maddie has only meowed once since she arrived...last night when "we" were in the bathroom...I must have tinkled the proper note, cause she chimed right in...it was melodious, too bad no one else was there, we would have received a standing ovation! Maddie, just seems to being having fun during all their play, but since Franz is the Alpha Boy, I am more concerned about his reaction. Any thoughts?.....
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6/13/04 at 4:14pm