I don’t know anything about Callie’s past when she was a kitten. I rescued her at the age of 3, lost and frightened and I told her I would prefer it if she would act more like a dog because I had just lost my Jack Russel of 13 years to cancer. She has done her very best to fulfill my request and walks on a leash, rides in a bike basket and can hike in a backpack.
What I don’t understand though, is why she absolutely despises her own kind and practically goes crazy when she spots another cat or smells their markings. She loves dogs and would march right up to one to say hello if she weren’t on a leash. The dog’s, on the other hand, go nuts when they see a cat being walked on a leash. So confusion reigns for all and I just have to make sure there isn’t a confrontation of sorts and someone gets hurt.
Last night at 9:00 pm, Michael and I went for a walk with Callie tethered to the leash and we didn’t go down one block before she let out a shriek and a growl and hunkered down by a parked car. She looks up at me and then back again at the car, and I have to gently coax her to continue walking. We turned around and headed back and to my dismay, a sweet-natured ginger tomcat came out to greet Callie and welcome her to the neighborhood. He had a cute little Calico sister also! But Callie was so upset, growling and hissing, that I had to have Michael go over to the cat and ask him to return to his house. Once he turned around, I carefully picked her up and carried her back to the RV. Callie was so tense as she growled and shrieked, that she is actually quite dangerous to handle because she is beside herself with a mixture of fear and outrage.
Once we got her back and safely inside, she relaxed and wanted to stare out the window for hours. She literally has a tomcat and a beautiful calico right next door at our new space and she is going to have to come to terms with her PTSD. Watching them from the safety of her bed may help. She was so exhausted this morning, that she is now going to sleep past dawn. I will work on her social skills and see what I can accomplish this week. We are staying at the Riviera Mobile and RV Park for one week more and then we are heading for Montana.