Who’ll Rule?

07 Aug

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.



Posted by on August 7, 2015 in Uncategorized


10 responses to “Who’ll Rule?

  1. Abby

    August 7, 2015 at 3:36 am

    Omigosh, this is a dilemma! Poor Gracie, missing Chip like that. Poor Tiger getting the beat down. I hope things settle down, those are some wild mood swings. And school an hour away. At least that sounds like a nice balance!

    • shadowrun300

      August 8, 2015 at 3:37 am

      She plays with our emotions – she’ll be all sweet and lovey one moment, and all sad and pitiful the next, and totally psycho after that.
      An hour away – just far enough. 🙂

  2. Rock Chef

    August 7, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    Sounds like Tiger has had an easy life and gone soft. Either that or it is the general “never hit a lady” rule. Hope things work out for everyone soon!

    • shadowrun300

      August 8, 2015 at 3:39 am

      Tiger chased his mom away when he was young, so I figured he’d be the one who was the problem. Not so much. I like you’re thinking that he’s a gentleman and would never hit a lady. But there are times I wish he’d stand up for himself.

  3. llcooljoe

    August 7, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    The joys of having cats. The warm fuzzy feeling you talk about I have with my two daughters. One minute I’m cross and angry when one of them upsets the other one, the next minute I’m feeling sorry for one of them. I’m glad I don’t have pets as well! Well apart from 3 fish.

    • shadowrun300

      August 8, 2015 at 3:43 am

      I LOVE cats. Their personalities crack me up! And they’re easier to laugh at and take in stride than kids. Daughters especially.
      Fish can be full of drama too. Just ask Abby.

  4. agg79

    August 10, 2015 at 8:58 am

    Yea, some cats do have a certain personality. One minute, they’re all cute and cuddly. The next minute, they turn into Cujo with claws. My SIL has a few cats with varying personas, some of which sound like Gracie. Funny how we sometimes wind up “inheriting” pets from our children. Poor Tiger. I hope those two can find some middle ground. Poor Tiger.

    • shadowrun300

      August 11, 2015 at 4:28 am

      I’m finding more and more that I love the personalities of cats. Gracie’s personality is so complicated, and I like it!
      But poor Tiger. (Not really, though. We spoil him quite a bit. Especially now that Gracie’s here.)

  5. territerri

    August 11, 2015 at 2:18 am

    She’s such a pretty girl. Hard to imagine she can be so aggressive! But cats are quirky like that, I guess. You never know which personality is going to show up. Hopefully she’ll settle down and mellow out soon.

    • shadowrun300

      August 11, 2015 at 4:30 am

      She’s very pretty, and so pitiful when she cries. Then *whammo*! She turns. Usually on Tiger.
      She IS quite a bit younger, so perhaps you’re right. She’ll mellow out in a few years.


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