Thursday, September 19, 2013

Everyone Has Their Limits

When Wylla was younger, she loved getting a generous bath from Bean.  As she's grown, she's become less tolerant, and will only allow Charlene to give her a few licks.

She's a big girl after all - she can groom herself!

The girls get along 99.9% of the time, but when Wylla reaches her lick limit, things can turn into a small brawl - ears flatten, paws are raised, growls are growled.   Once Wylla remembers Charlene is three times her weight,  the situation quickly diffuses.

Don't worry, it never gets so heated that someone gets hurt.  And once it's all over, they both act embarrassed that it ever happened.


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37 comments:

  1. no matter how floofy you are Wylla, Bean's gotcha BEAT!! Love it! Thanks for the post.

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  2. :) Love that last picture - Wylla is all "sorry Bean - my bad"

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  3. The Ears of Annoyance slay me! So funny. :D

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    1. "Ears of Annoyance," hee hee!

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  4. Bean in the fourth photo is so clearly saying "Hey. HEY. HEY! You simmer down, missy."

    And Wylla's sullen glare in the fifth is a typical teenager-trying-to-decide-whether-to-back-down-or-get-grounded reaction.

    Hee hee hee. Thank you for these!

    grandefille and Harry >^..^<

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  5. Looks like it's time to start thinking about babies for Charlene. Just sayin'.

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  6. It's kind of comforting to read your girls do this. My 1.5 year old Teddy now outweighs his 13 year old brother Henry, and sometimes there is some lowered ears and raised paws of doom. They seem to work it out in the end, but I do worry about Henry. Probably unnecessarily. :)

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  7. PAW OF JUSTICE! plus throwing your weight around. Sounds like they get along and just show each other their boundaries!

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  8. Sisters. What are you going to do? ;)

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  9. I agree with Anne, Charlene needs tiny babies. Let's remember that she has never had a teenager living with her before. But "Ears of Annoyance" is the best!

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  10. She looks so grown up now. :)
    I wish my cat would learn that other cats have limits. She gets up close to my new cat about every day and no amount of growling, hissing, or scretching will keep her away until there's a bit of smackie paw.

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  11. Do you guys suppose that Wylla is fully grown now?

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    1. I don't think so - she's 8 months and usually cats reach "full-grown" around a year or so.

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  12. Wylla's annoyed face in the first photo is just hilarious! And cute as all get-out, of course!

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  13. OMG too cute! They both have such gorgeous fur & coloring!!

    >heart sploding<

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  14. What a stare down in the last picture - worth a million meows.
    Kitty, USA

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  15. My roommate's cat loves to groom my cat. My cat likes her personal space. Roomie's cat has no concept of personal space and will often squish in as close to Smokey as she can, heedless of all the obvious signs that Smokey is not in the mood to cuddle. They fight about this once a day. Smokey always--always--wins.

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  16. That teen-age kitten to cat phase is something else. It is pretty funny, especially since they won't smoke or drive the car at night while you're asleep. India was hitting that just as Zoubi arrived and, as someone said, it was just like Ramona and Beezus around here.

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  17. I'm glad to hear they occasionally squabble like sisters. Perfect harmony would be almost too unreal! Sensible Wylla to realize she can't throw her weight around, though -- although in my experience the little ones are the ones who are best at setting boundaries.

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  18. I recognize the look Bean is giving Wylla in that last photo - it was the same look I got from my mom! The "don't even think about it!" look.

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  19. Is it a show of dominance to bathe another cat? Or does Charlene just really like to lick?

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    1. My cat used to groom my hand for me and she was definitely the boss.

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    2. I've heard that one purpose it serves is to mark the lickee as a member of the licker's tribe. It's a way of marking them with a common scent, much as they do when they bump up against we humans and rub their faces on us.

      Eight year-old Spenser bathes two year-old Keith regularly, and ten year-old Maren when she'll stand for it.

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  20. So glad to read that kitty harmony was restored. Your blog and photos are a delight since we have kitty hostility here (going on 10 months now) with no end in sight. Your happy endings are better than my reality. May Wylla and Bean continue to grow in their sisterhood.

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    1. After getting along for two years our two kitties (4 year old male and 2 year old female) suddenly started fighting nonstop. After one fight required our male cat to have surgery, our vet recommend the PetFax program at the Tufts Animal Behavior Clinic (http://www.tufts.edu/vet/petfax/). They gave us some great advice, including a detailed description of how to carefully teach them to become friends again. If you are reaching your wits end, I would highly recommend their service.

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  21. I love pics #2 and 3 with Wylla having one paw on Charlene's chest and the other poised to strike.

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  22. lol.. My cars are like that too. I had two snugglebunnies that couldn't get close enough and would groom until the sheep came home. The elder cat died, the one remaning keeps trying to groom the 2 newer cats to no avail. She'll get in 3 licks and that's it. Maybe the new cats are afraid that she thinks that they're Tootsie Roll Pops? :)

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  23. Teenagers! Can't live with 'em, can't live without 'em! Mary A

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  24. HA! Love it! She's all "I will keel you!" Then Charlene sits up and suddenly, Wylla's all "Oh, um. Hullo..."

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  26. My boys do the same thing. When Rocky was a kitten, Tux loved to groom him. Now that Rocky is an adult, he only tolerates a few licks, before it ends in a wrestling match. But Tux is smart, and he now uses it as a way to steal his favourite sleeping spots from Rocky.

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  27. In the last picture, Wylla is saying, "Oh! Sorry! Never mind!"

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  28. HAHA I love how Charlene is staring wee Wylla down like "oh no you don't", then Wylla backs down. hahah i love their dynamic!

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  29. "REEER! Oh, never mind...."

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