As you know, Leo and Star fight too much at night so they are separated by a 'gate' at the top of the stairs. We used to make them take every other night, but Star was totally freaked out, so now she only goes up when SHE feels like it, which is about every fifth day or so.
In the morning, Star will sit on the stairs and holler at us to hurry up and come down to pay attention to her. This drives Leo crazy and he tries to look over the gate, which is a long folding table on it's side. There is the tiniest crack between the table and the wall because of the baseboard and sometimes they will try to eyeball each other through that.
This morning, (I write this in the middle of the night for posting after midnight, yikies, almost 3am tonight! so yesterday morning to you), they were doing this. Greg decided to open the gate about an inch and let them see each other. Star had been thundering up and down the stairs already, a sure sign she was in a playful mood. So when the gate opened 'paw wide' they batted at each other through it! Batted only! No hissing! No growling! Just batting!
Was this play? Or as close as they were going to get...? No idea. So when Star was out of sight, we opened the gate and Leo peeked down until he was sure it was safe, then he bounded down.
Let me make an aside here... Why does Leo, a LARGE bounding bouncy cat make nearly NO sound as he runs up and down the stairs, but Star, a tiny, petite little thing sound like a thundering herd all by herself??
Ok, so I made my way down stairs and stopped to sit by Leo's tree where Star jumped to get some pets and scritches. As I was giving her the demanded attention, I saw Leo peek out from behind the couch. I told him he could come out, but he didn't believe me and backed up til he was out of sight of Star and me.
Star was finished, tried to bite my hand, and jumped down and thundered across the room to jump a toy. Leo peeked out, saw no Star, and came out to peek at the food dishes to see if there was anything new, and since there wasn't he sat between my feet to watch Star play.
Star looked over, saw Leo.. and this is the cool part! She did that little head twisty thing where she cocks her head almost upside down in that "I'm so playful I'm about to lose my head!" move, then she bounded across the room sideways in that "play with me!" move while watching Leo!
No hissing! No growling! No aggression! Not even airplane/aggression ears!
Leo, of course, was either too smart, or too scared, to take her up on this. Probably wise, because while she wanted to play, if he'd actually came over, she'd probably have whapped him.
But then not that long later, he whapped at her! From the top of the Royal Footstool when she didn't know he was there! And she DID NOT ATTACK! She whapped back, but with no growls or hisses and they ran across the room like that!
Twice more they did the same/similar thing! Wow!! They were almost, technically, sorta playing!
Of course, later in the day they were back to "I hate you" "No, I hate you!" but doggone it, my kitties played! Together! And I'm gonna celebrate that!
These pictures are of Leo sitting just outside the bedroom door, peeking through the crack in the gate a while back. Crappy cell phone pics...
I see you down there, Star! You can't get me, you can't get me! Na na NA na na!
I'm not teasing her, mommy, I'm a nice boy!
In other WONDERFUL news! Leo's sister Mitts got adopted! She is right now, at this minute, in her new home!!! I am beyond thrilled and excited!!! You can read about it on Daily Dose!
That leaves three of Leo's sisters and a whole slew of other wonderful kitties who still need homes! So please, help find those wonderful homes so we can Clear Chrystal's Cathouse by Christmas! See them on the Winnie's Wish post.
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