Tuesday, April 13, 2010

The Great Outdoors

Why is Melly harnessed and leashed, you may be asking? Because she and I (G the BF) went for a walk! Spending most of your time cooped up in one small room is hard on a rambunctious kitten and giving her the run of the apartment is still not yet feasible, so what's the next best thing? Maybe even BETTER?! Outside!!! Okay, yeah, it requires a harness and leash and involves lots of scary noises -- in fact, she spent a lot of the first part of the walk in my coat, looking out at all the sights from a safe cocoon -- but it was also a fun chance to explore! We stopped at our local coffee place, where Melly played on the deck.


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After a bit of time there, we headed back, with a stop to explore a hedge, then sniff at a leaf that blew into her.


And finally playing in the landscaping around her home.

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Finally back inside, I dropped her off in her room. Walking into the living room, I found Scarlett on her tower and walked right up and gave her a good bit of head scratching which she accepted happily, despite the fact that my hand must have still smelt of Melly.


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(Stimulating video, eh? A disembodied hand scratching a cat)


A few minutes later, Melly, who'd immediately beelined for her food when I put her back in her room, decided she wasn't happy about being confined again and started mewling like crazy. Who chose to investigate?

14 comments:

Puglette said...

it's time to let them meet!!!
they will be ok, a couple of hisses, maybe a tussle or two. but they will work it out. don't be afraid and they won't be either. melly came from a home with lots of adult cats and scarlett will adjust. they're kitties...they know what to do.
it will be ok, i promise.
hugs,
puglette
:o)

Amy and The House of Cats said...

That is great that Melly was able to get out and was so good on her harness. It might be time to start letting them meet each other a bit more - maybe not for a long time but for a little while at least. Mine got a crazh meeting with our last kitten addition - our power went out the day after he moved in and so he had to be moved downstairs (too hot upstairs with no air) and they all survived it.

sue said...

Umm.. Geoff? I don't know how Natalie feels, but I think you might have yourself a new kitty.

She showed much interest in the great outdoors here, and I had actually considered a harness.

You two are so tuned into the girls. Lucky babes.

kelley said...

Melly on a leash is too precious...looks like Scarlett is ready to meet her...

Natalie said...

Scarlett is definitely getting a little more curious, which is good to see. I'd like to see less tail swishing and growling from Scarlett before I let the two kitties interact, though. Definitely don't want to rush it.

And Sue: Melly and Geoff have indeed become great pals. :)

junkshop-coyote said...

Love Scarlett's ear tufts. :)

Geoff said...

Sue, I REALLY appreciate your last two comments. First the car ride stuff, now the outdoors/harness info. It gives me great validation that I'm reading her well and tuned in to her and her needs/wants.

I also agree with Natalie that while Scarlett's growing interest is a great sign, we don't want to rush it. Believe me, nobody (well, no bipeds) want to introduce them more than Natalie and I do.

Geoff said...

OH!!! Forgive me for my excessive commenting on my own post (though this is in reply to Sue and N's comments).

Yes, I agree that Melly and I have become buddies and I feel compelled to share this anecdote which is only marginally about Melly, but much more about my adorable girlfriend.

We'd put Scarlett in the bedroom with the door shut last night to give Melly some more running around time and she climbed onto Natalie's lap...and then onto mine, where she began to curl up. Natalie said, "Awwww, she likes you." Then paused and commented, "I want her to like ME," and scooped up Melly, placing her back on her own lap. Melly, quite happily curled up there as she, indeed, likes Natalie plenty too.

sue said...

Okay, that's it. You guys are both perfect. Period.

G said...

I have only one regret with my soon to be 9 year old cat and that is I wasn't smart enough to know he needed to be trained on a leash at a tender age. (He is my first cat.) When I finally tried, when he was two, he abhorred being put in his harness so much that he would only lie on the ground while looking at me with a contempt only a cat can demonstrate. I tried everything. As a result, he now gets a few guided tours of the backyard every day barring rain and he seems happy with that. Glad you are getting Melly started off on the right paw...

carmar76 said...

LOVE the leash & harness! And it's too cute that you both are amazingly descriptive bloggers. And good photogs, too! Keep up the great updates! : )

Natalie said...

G: Your comment made me laugh, because the glares of content sound just like Scarlett when I tried to put a harness on her. She refused to tolerate it, and even though I'd adjusted the harness to be quite snug, she wiggled out. Since then, she's been an indoor girl aside from a couple of escapes.

Tanya Sloan said...

Oh boy, what a great day! Great job on keeping Melly happy and active. She looks to be doing REMARKABLY well on the harness, most cats act like it's the most awfulest thing in the entire world :) And I think you should totally promote her riding in your jacket too. I find that absolutely falling on the floor adorable. You guys are the best cat parents anybody can ask for!

Thank you for including a video of Scarlett, she is a gorgeous girl.

Natalie said...

Tanya: The riding in jacket thing just kills me! Melly also likes to climb on our shoulders, which is pretty adorable - Scarlett's never done anything like that. And Scarlett really is a beauty. She's a little chubby at the moment (she's on a diet), but I love her coloring and ear tufts. I'll have to post some more videos of her - she can be quite a goof too.