Well never thought I'd see the day when Elsie would voluntarily lie down right next to Barney (she was almost on top of him!) so she could continue getting stroked. She was even purring :) Barney was slightly cautious and his gaze kept flickering between Elsie and me, clearly wanting reassurance he wasn't going to get batted in the face in a moment! However, he remained calm and I gave him a fuss too, so no-one felt left out... This afternoon, we even managed to fit on the same chair together for a while, without arguments - Barney curled up almost on top of me and Elsie sat by my head on the top of the chair.
Elsie used to hate Barney but for a while she's been tolerating him and she's getting better. A moment after I took this she leaned over and gently sniffed Barney on the nose. I enjoy encouraging them (well, Elsie - Barney's never had a problem) to be friendly, or at least peacefully coexist. It's so funny seeing them interact together, they're a bit like an old married couple at times.Now if only I could get Elsie to accept the mouse and hamster as friends rather than dinner... Haha, don't worry rodents are kept well away from the cat, though Barney can be trusted. When I got my 1st hammie, Pippin, he went into "predator" mode to for a moment but we had a discussion about what is and isn't food and Barney quickly got the idea that hamsters have to be left alone (although I'd never let a hamster run loose in the presence of any dog - too tempting)!!
I used to enjoy watching Pip roll over in his ball, sitting between
Barn's front paws - while Barney lay there looking slightly bemused.
Sadly, Pippin had to be put down this spring - he had tumours on his
tummy and was obviously in pain... He was a great hamster - very laid
back and friendly, a good little pet and I miss him. I hated seeing
the big empty cage all the time, so I now have another hamster -
Boris, who is just starting to learn that Barney isn't a threat
although Boris is a lot more jumpy than Pip ever was so it's taking a
bit of time - it's taken quite a while for him to trust me!! We'll get
there in the end, patience is key :) Pic below of my new fluffy pet -
any guesses where the name "Boris" came from???
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