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November 14th, 2005:

Marks of the Tiger

Tiger or Sabre-Toothed Tiger as I’ve been calling him, is a rather unpredictable cat. When we first saw him we were told that a family had seen him and been very interested in him. Until he’d bitten them. The shelter said they thought it was just a friendly cat nip – that’s when a cat likes you and just puts his teeth on you. It’s not a mean gesture and doesn’t draw blood.

So when he tried to bite me on Saturday I thought he was just a little excited. Later when he scratched me I put it down to the stress of the move, being in a strange house etc. Then last night Tiger and I were sat on the sofa and he was cuddling up to me, rubbing his head on my arm when he bit my arm and drew blood. I have no idea why he did this. I wasn’t crowding him and it came out of the blue.

This evening he tried to bite me again and also bit Andy, although this time he didn’t break the skin. So I’m wondering what to do. It’s really difficult because he’s a beautiful looking cat. He is enormous though and I think he’s either a Maine Coon cat or MC mix, he even makes the chirping noise that’s associated with them. He can be very affectionate and likes human company but we humans do not like the biting!Good job our tetanus jabs (shots) are up to date.

We’ve introduced our three cats to his scent and vice versa through scent swapping but they haven’t spent more than a few moments with him. They’re all very nervous of him. We’re just going to have to wait and see if everyone settles down. It takes time for cats to settle in to a new home. He’s also a lot older than we were previously told – five years not eighteen months old – so if the biting is one of his ways it’s not going to disappear.

In Knitting News I came home to find a parcel from my Better Pal!

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Mexican Hot Chocolate, a Bad Cat calendar (rather appropriate at the mo!)and three delicious hand dyed skeins of Atacama Alpaca! And who was my wonderful Better Pal? It was Tracy aka Rock Chick! Thanks Tracy for being a fab and very generous BP!

I’m surviving on very little sleep at the moment due to my horrible cough which will just not go away. My voice is a bit better but still husky so KnitCast is postponed until Wednesday.