When Chip made up his mind to go back to school, he moved back home. To save money, he said. I’m sure the fact we have running water was a draw as well.
Along with all his *stuff*, he brought his cat, Gracie. Because we weren’t sure how Tiger would react, Gracie was banned to the basement where Chip set up camp. But whenever Chip would come upstairs or go to work, she would cry the most pitiful cry I have ever heard.
When we couldn’t bear to listen to her heart break any longer, we let her come upstairs for a while. To our surprise, it was she who stalked Tiger. She would chase after him so often, that he would hide under our bed all day. We got into the habit of keeping our door closed so he would feel safe. Even still, the two of them would meet up at some point. We put up with her chasing him for a while, but when Gracie swiped Tiger and drew blood, we put our foot down. She would have to be declawed or she couldn’t be upstairs.
Declawing helped calm her down, and most times the two can be in the same room. Until Gracie’s mood changes. Then Tiger needs to watch out.
She’s a tough one. There are times we’re so upset with her for being mean to Tiger, and there are times we feel so sorry for her because she can’t find Chip.
My heart melts when I see her waiting outside the bathroom door while Chip showers. And to see him take care of her is heartwarming as well. But then she’ll run after Tiger, and suddenly our warm fuzzies disappear.
In a few weeks, both Chip and Amp will head off to school. I’m a wee bit excited to have more room in our itty bitty home, and a wee bit sad that they’re leaving. The school is only an hour away, so I’ll see them enough to satisfy my mom needs. But Gracie’s gonna take it hard. When Chip left to visit Link, she cried every night. Even if we were in the same room. That was only for a few nights. This’ll seem like forever for her.
Not sure what Chip’s absence will do to Gracie. Perhaps she’ll start to love another, as is Mario’s hope. Tiger’s hope is she’ll be overcome with grief and never come upstairs again.
And he can go back to ruling the roost.