Tuesday, August 23, 2016

honeybee and wilma and getting along


My Mumsie's kitty Honeybee has moved to Vermont to live with us. She is on the left, above. Her life has been turned upside down and she misses my Mumsie (who is working on some of her own changes), her home and the peace and quiet she used to enjoy.

Our growing kitten, Wilma, is on the right. She is SO EXCITED to have a new friend and she just won't give Honeybee much of a rest. 

They are working things out, very slowly. Honeybee does much growling and hissing with ears laid back and she gives warning swats. Wilma just dances around her on tip toes, chirping kitten chirps and follows Honeybee everywhere.

Make no mistake, there are "time outs" during the day and they are shut apart at night. We don't want to push our luck...

But twice now I have caught them napping in the same room.

I watch them and wonder why new relationships are sometimes so difficult to navigate. "The Other" looms large for so many of us. 

Patience.

Over and over again the magic word is patience.

Maybe trust, too.

xo

11 comments:

  1. Lovely photo, Karen. They look much like my two kitties - in the same space yet apart! I think it's hard for older cats to have patience with the young, but they may become "best -ies" before too long!

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    1. Judy, I am just hoping for peaceful coexistence for now! :-)

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  2. Beautifully said, Karen.
    I agree with you on 'Patience', but for me 'Trust' comes first, after Love.
    I am thinking... Aren't Patience and Trust 'threads that need to be woven into the fabric of Love'?
    Love and blessings,

    Jeanneke.

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    1. Thanks Jeanneke. Yes, trust needs to be in the mix as well!

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  3. Honeybee looks sad in the picture, but it appears that Wilma understands her loss and in time they will be the best of friends. All good things do take time.

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    1. Yes, I'm hoping they will be buddies eventually. :-)

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  4. Honeybee looks sad in the picture, but it appears that Wilma understands her loss and in time they will be the best of friends. All good things do take time.

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  5. Change is difficult for us humans and no doubt difficult for kitties too! I am sure they will sort a routine out for themselves and Wilma will learn when Honeybee needs time alone. :)

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    1. Thanks Simone. I am hoping time will help!

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