Hello, I’m Christopher! Read my introduction to be taught extra about me and my foolish Russian Blue cat, Olga.
In The Unusual Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Dr. Jekyll creates a potion that turns him right into a murderous fiend. Though he can initially management when his alter ego seems, Mr. Hyde finally turns into the extra dominant persona. I by no means related my pets with Robert Louis Stevenson’s Victorian thriller till I adopted Olga.
Like plum sauce, she’s a combination of candy and bitter, and she will be able to immediately change from one to the opposite. It doesn’t occur on a regular basis. Generally, she’s good even when she’s irritating. Relying on their persona, cats will chew you if you pet them too lengthy, and others assault after they’re overstimulated throughout a play session, however Olga’s conduct differs.
Out of the blue, she’ll assault my hand when it’s on the armrest of my recliner, and after I say “No” or yell one thing profane, she retreats for a second however then nudges her head towards my leg. After a playful or not-so-playful chew, some animals run away and conceal if you cry out in ache, however Olga appears detached.
She’s an professional at hiding when she desires to be alone, or somebody is capturing fireworks, however she doesn’t disguise when she thinks I’m upset. I don’t wish to provide the impression that she hisses or screams when she turns into Hyde, however she’s extra aggressive and extra prone to chew or scratch.
I’ve by no means been severely wounded by her assaults, and more often than not, I’m extra stunned than upset when she pounces. Nonetheless, she’s come a great distance since she was a kitten.
Mr. Hyde as a Kitten
In contrast to Dr. Hyde within the Nineteenth-century story, Olga had extra issues letting her “good” aspect take over when she was a kitten. She didn’t like being picked up or petted on her again and used her sharp enamel and tiny claws to repel my makes an attempt. The one time I might pet her was when she was dozing off, and even then, I risked a bloody hand if she regained consciousness.
Though she wasn’t the most affectionate kitten, she favored sitting close to me when she wasn’t tearing by way of the home. At night time, she slept in a chair in my bed room and solely jumped on the mattress often to assault my toes beneath the covers.
Tolerant Cat House owners
It took practically a 12 months earlier than her Jekyll aspect turned extra pronounced, and I bear in mind being completely satisfied that I spent a lot much less on hydrogen peroxide and bandages than when she was a kitten. Each cat misbehaves, however some house owners don’t perceive how shut housecats are to wild felines. In the event that they keep inside all day and can’t hunt and pounce on their prey, they want another, which might embrace attacking people.
Enjoying with toys and climbing on cat trees can preserve some cats occupied, however a hand hanging off the sofa or wiggling toes beneath a blanket is just too resisting to disregard typically. Whether or not you will have a Jekyll, Hyde, or a mix, like Olga, attempt to be tolerant together with your cat.
Their scratches and bites are painful, however when you think about that cats are descended from expert predators, you ought to be proud you possibly can look after a furry killer who loves you, even when they’ve a strange way of showing it.