Gracie Mae has now been living here with us for two weeks. The first week she didn’t come out from her hiding place very often. I don’t even know if she ate or drank water for a couple of days.
I worried about this, but what can you do? Then I read that this was normal behavior while they acclimate to new surroundings. And Vickie, who rescued her, said she was very shy with her too.
Ivy came into this apartment three years ago this month and she was not shy at all. But the two cats have different personalities.
Ivy and Gracie sometimes play. Sometimes they want nothing to do with one another.
Gracie has decided she likes Ivy’s food better than her own and edges into Ivy’s dish of canned food. Ivy has not reacted at all, which surprised me. I figured there would be a catfight over it for sure.
Gracie is very brave to be doing that when she’s so much smaller than Ivy is.
Ivy’s Daily Routine:
Ivy goes about her usual routine, though she didn’t the first few days with Gracie. She had to acclimate to the new circumstances as well. No cat wants another cat coming into their private sanctuary.
Gracie will now take naps on the couch, whereas before she hid somewhere to sleep.
Every night when I read in bed she likes to lay next to me. Sometimes she leans her head on my shoulder, which is very sweet. Sometimes she lays across my neck where I can barely see my book.
Gracie’s Favorite Toy:
Her favorite toy is Ivy’s plastic swirly toys. Sometimes I’ll see Ivy on the outside of the curtain that looks out the French doors. Gracie will bat one of those toys under the curtain from the other side. And then I’ll see Ivy’s paw edge under the curtain knocking the toy back out.
Gracie is still at that age where she misjudges spaces and will fall off a table or bed. Once a cat reaches adulthood, they seem to have an uncanny ability to not fall off things.
Watching Gracie Grow:
It will be interesting to watch Gracie grow and see what her habits are. Because Ivy definitely has some strange habits. Or they seem so to me anyway.
I can’t even recall a time when I just had two cats living with me with no dog. It may actually be the first time.
It would be hard to imagine life without Gracie in it now. She is part of our little family.