E is for Each One is Different--Especially Samantha and Teddy
We were well "experienced" cat owners at this point and decided that the kitten we had captured was male. We named it Teddy after another cat I knew who was named after Teddy Roosevelt. It turns out that the kitten was actually a female, so instead of Theodore, she became Theodosa, or Teddy for short.
Well, our sweet Samantha, freaked out when we brought Teddy into her territory. Samantha hissed, growled, and swatted at Teddy anytime she got close. Other times, Samantha just hid behind the curtains. This was the beginning, middle, and end of the relationship between Teddy and Samantha that would last the next 13 years. Teddy took it all in stride and learned not to challenge Samantha, but Samantha never stopped hissing at the "intruder".
Despite the less than cuddly relationship between the two cats, they were still very entertaining. And each one was different. Samantha was high-strung and very smart. Teddy was laid-back and had street smarts--but not so much in the pure intelligence kind.
|Samantha hissing at Teddy. |
(The picture has faded over the years.)
Other times, if we left a glass out with a little water in the bottom, Samantha would gently tip it over with her paw, and drink the water that spilled out. Teddy got her head stuck in the glass more than once trying to reach what was in the bottom.
In other circumstances, Teddy seemed like the "smart" one. If another cat or dog came into the house, Teddy was right out front, defending things with a growl and a swat, but Samantha would hide behind a curtain. (This always surprised us because she was so aggressive to Teddy.) Sometimes, Teddy would hide behind something, then swat Samantha on the behind as she walked by. Teddy would always be gone before Samantha could turn around to get her.
This is already too long, or I would tell you more. Maybe another time. However, I will say that we've had four more cats since then, each with their own unique personalities, but none of them have ever been as different as Samantha and Teddy.