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Meet Bertie


Warning – cat based post ahead. If you’re not into cat owner stories, probably best to skip this one.

Remember I posted about how we were thinking of getting a second cat to keep Gingies company? Well, we did a week an a half ago. This is Bertie (like Bertie Bassett the licorice man. His original name was Blackjack but neither of us liked that and Dave got in there first with Bertie). He’s just over a year old, he’s previously lived with four other cats and he’s mental! It’s such a difference having a young cat in the house, he is so nosy, climbs and jumps onto anything and miaows lots!


We were trying to do the intro by the book with keeping them separate for a while, getting used to each other’s small first etc. but we screwed that up well and good. When we let Bertie out, he could obviously smell that another cat lived there and he was dying with excitement, running around at the speed of light and screaming his head off. And then he escaped and ran towards Ginger and that was them introduced to each other. There wasn’t much aggro at all, barely even any hissing. Bertie was obviously scared to start off with and spend most of the first couple of days hiding under/behind the bed/sofa/futon. He did come out to run around and shout and knock things over at night when Ginge was out though and I thought we were never going to sleep again.

He likes chasing after mice! How cool are these camo ones!
bertie's mice

After the first couple of days, things calmed down and they get on well now. Bertie is no longer scared, and keeps coming up to Ginger and touching noses (at one point they actually licked each others faces, anybody know what that means?) and then running off. Ginger has hardly altered his old routine and more or less ignores Bertie. I think he’s bamboozled by the amount of excess energy he has. Ginge is mainly into sleeping and sitting on people’s laps, so I guess if the aim was to get a friend for him that probably hasn’t worked. Though last night they both slept on our bed, so I’m hoping that Bertie will calm down a bit more and they might be friends at the end.

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  • Cynthia 5 October 2010, 3:27 pm

    One year old cats are pretty manic! Expect about another year or so before he starts slowing down. But he may speed Ginger up as well if Ginger's not TOO old.

    Face-licking is a bit of a friendly dominance game among cats, as far as I can tell. It usually starts off as "aww, cute face licking" and turns into face-chewing/tussling with mine.

  • Sal 5 October 2010, 4:31 pm

    What a doll!

    And I think Cynthia is basically right about face licking, but I've seen it go both ways. Sometimes it turns into throat-biting, but sometimes it's just friendly grooming. Either way, cats that hate each other NEVER do it, so def a good sign!

  • Cosmic 5 October 2010, 4:42 pm

    How adorable is he?!!!


  • Rad_in_Broolyn 5 October 2010, 4:51 pm

    Aww! What a cutie. I love those yellow eyes. It's good that they're getting along and sleeping peacefully together (our queen, Lula, won't let baby Buster near her without growling, and it's been 4 months!) Our mostly 6 month old cat is still a little puppy dog. Glad to hear that he's liking his new home. His energy level will definitely mellow out as he gets older.
    Yeay for a new cat!
    (Do you find that the little tray is more than x2 as full? My husband believes that with the addition of one cat, the original cat goes 50% more. I trust him, as he is the scooper of the house).

  • jesse.anne.o 5 October 2010, 4:56 pm


    It sounds like, since there's no aggression, it's allogrooming/mutual grooming, which is a great sign.

    "Allogrooming is the name given the action when one cat grooms another. A kitten will experience this from the moment of birth, for up to 3 weeks, then the kitten will start to groom itself. Allogrooming will still occur between adult cats, especially if they have grown up together. Its primary function being to promote friendly relations rather than that of mutual hygiene." {http://www.pawsonline.info/allogrooming.htm}

    I had 2 cats who also instantly got along like this so that's great news. And he's adorable!

  • Michelle 5 October 2010, 7:00 pm

    Ahh he's so adorable *makes indistinguishable "cute kitty cat!" noises*

    Like everyone else, I'd take the grooming as a positive sign – our cats often groom each other, and sometimes it turns into play-fighting, but sometimes it's just adorable snuggliness. Either way – that's probably a really good sign! I hope they continue to get along well ๐Ÿ˜€

  • The Waves 5 October 2010, 7:03 pm

    What an adorable kitty! How wonderful that they are starting to get on already! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • northwest is best 5 October 2010, 7:18 pm

    What a cutie pie! I love cats. A lot. Hope Bertie and Ginge settle down together.

  • Eli 5 October 2010, 8:44 pm

    oh dear how exciting, getting a new cat/kitten is always fun, not so much fun to have two meet for the first time. I have a black cat that looks just like yours! black cats are just strange, they do weird things! I call it black cat syndrome

  • Style Eyes 5 October 2010, 9:02 pm

    Oh he is really sweet.

    We have an older male cat and got a female kitten a few years ago. At first them didn't seem to fussed about each other but they kind of get on now. Sometimes if it is cold they curl up together.

  • Marissa 5 October 2010, 9:49 pm

    Haha – very cute! Sounds like he'll keep Ginger young.

    xo Marissa
    (The Well-Appointed Catwalk)

  • Green Tea and Cupcakes 5 October 2010, 10:09 pm

    So glad it is working out for you. My friend got a second cat and it got a bit nasty. Licking each others faces and sleeping on the same bed sounds like your onto a winner.

  • Tracey 6 October 2010, 2:01 am

    Bertie's adorable! And those mice are lovely indeed! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • BethB 7 October 2010, 11:10 am

    He's lovely! I have two cats (brothers) just under a year old and night disturbances are pretty common for us as well. It took my big lad about a month to work out how to open our bedroom door….. Sounds like they are getting on just fine though. Nose bumping and face licking are great signs.

  • Lorena 7 October 2010, 5:51 pm

    How very cute ๐Ÿ™‚
    I think that it's important to have another pet accompany the other if you are away for long.
    In our case that was the situation.
    We decided to keep on of our dog's puppy's and now we have 2 female maltese insane dogs running around the house.
    To tell you the truth it just gets more fun, as with your cats.
    BTW… I like that name: Bertie

  • Kasmira 8 October 2010, 4:42 am

    Congrats on the successful cat introduction! From what I've read, mutual grooming means that they accept that they are sharing territory. Sometimes, my cats' licking leads to wrestling, but sometimes not. It depends…but it is definitely a good sign!

  • LyddieGal 11 October 2010, 3:35 am

    Awww, he's so cute! I wish I had a cat!

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