I know it's been a while since we adopted Lawrence - now "Renni"
(in February!) - and I have been meaning to let you know how he was
going. Renni is living the life of luxury, he has the run of the house
to himself, and gets let outside during the day when we are home. We
kept him indoors for about one month when we first brought him home
as I feared he might get the wanders. Gradually we let him outside for
short periods of time until he got used to our boundaries. These days,
he loves wandering around the front yard - when it's not raining - and
doesn't tend to go far. One day I heard him growling and looked over
to see him telling another cat off for coming near our place! He didn't
run after it, just told it to go away as this was his house!!! He has
managed to get on the roof a couple of times but the last time we left
him up there for a while ... and he hasn't done it again since!
Since we brought Renni home we also got our dog (Skye, the golden retriever).
Skye and Renni are best buddies - when Renni wants to be. At first,
Renni wasn't impressed that he had to share his space with this goofy
hairball (Skye is only one year old, so still a puppy really), but over
time I observed them having a smooch and now they will share Skye's
rug at night when I let Skye in. Renni is still boss though, it's funny
to see him boss a dog five times the size of him.
When we first brought Renni home, he never played with anything and
we figured it must have been his age, but over time he's learnt what
'playing' is and often chases his little 'mouse' around the house, or
something imaginary. We get the impression that he never played much
in his life so it took him a while to work it out. He's also developed
a liking for small cardboard boxes, often ones that are smaller than
him! Lately while the dog is inside, he runs and hides around a doorway
and pokes his head out, trying to get the dog to chase him. The poor
dog doesn't know what to do as Renni used to tell her off for following
him, so they are still trying to work out a 'playing' system!!! It's
hilarious to watch!
Renni has bought so much love into our house, whenever I've had a difficult
day at work I come home and his antics and affection cheer me up and
help me relax. He is a bit of a piggy, we often sit on the couch eating
dinner and he tries to swipe things off our plates with his paw the
cheeky bugger. He LOVES chicken scraps, he can smell raw chicken a mile
away, better than the dog. One particular evening Renni came into the
kitchen, discovered I was preparing chicken for tea, went back out to
the lounge and brought the dog back in with him! He has become quite
vocal too, particularly at dinner time, but I encouraged that by meowing
back to him! Both Tim and I think that he acts a bit younger now, he
is fitter from going outside regularly, and seems to have more energy
now than when we first bought him home, but I guess that was partly
due to him settling in and realising this is his home.
I have attached a couple of pictures of Renni for you. He did put on
a bit of weight after we brought him home but he's on a bit of a diet
now (which he's not exactly impressed about)! He's been such a lovely
cat, thank you for letting us adopt him.
From Lisa and Tim
Haven, PO Box PO Box 323, Broadford 3658 Victoria.
Call 0417 360 700.