DON'T LET THOSE INNOCENT FACES FOOL YOU
Rusty seems to be settling in well although there have been a few little altercations. On Sunday morning, Cody and Rusty had a disagreement about something and I broke one of my own rules of cat care, which is to not try to pull one angry cat away from another unless one is being harmed and/or I'm wearing gloves or toting a thick towel to throw over the offender. Rusty was the offender as far as I could tell, but Cody, who is about half Rusty's size, was getting the worst end of the deal. Since Rusty and I have re-bonded, I thought he'd respond positively if I simply reached down and picked him up and took him away from the area. What was I thinking?
Cats will fuss with each other now and then and a simple bout of hissing is usually nothing to worry about, but this was more than hissing. Blows were landed and high-pitched screeching was heard throughout the house. The other cats scattered and hid from the noises and even the dog-who-hates-cats was trembling. I went fearlessly to the location of the scuffle and reached my hand down to pick up Rusty, who whirled in my direction and promptly slashed me with an extended set of claws. Now that hurt. I should have known better. Rusty stopped fussing with Cody, but I was shocked since I'd thought he and I were friends. He came to his senses quickly, but my hand was already red and dripping, because of my instant reaction to the cat fight. It was totally my fault I ended up being scratched. I don't like it when the cats fuss but I won't allow any of them to hurt each other even though I try to allow them to settle things themselves most of the time.
I finally picked up Rusty because I wanted him to know he wasn't the boss. I have to admit it was a toss-up for a few moments, as to who was going to win the war of wills. Rusty is a stubborn little cuss but he underestimated how stubborn I can be. What I should have done was pitch a little water his way when he was fussing with Cody. That would have disarmed them both, neither would have been harmed, and I would not be wearing a bandage on my hand. Oh the things we realize in hindsight.