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My cat is slowly becoming less afraid of my fiance's cat. Wooley-Booley isn't quite as terrifying as he was in the past, although she still tries to avoid him and runs away. Once she's in the closet, though, she fights him and he goes away.

We call him Wooley-Booley because he bullies her. He's black and white, not a tuxedo but sort of a random holstein cow pattern. Until Roisin moved in along with me we called him all sorts of things: Kitty (his original name, I couldn't let that stand), Cow Cat, Holstein Fuzz (mine), Hollywood Fuzz (mine, since he liked lying under lamps), and finally she named him after the old '60's song after it became apparent these two weren't gonna get along.

He's lovable but I do get pissed off when he tries to tear into my fuzzy Roisin baby pet. Perhaps I babied her too much. I can't help it. We spoil our cats in my family. Wooley-Booley started out as a rural mouser.

Still, my fuzzy baby has started coming out to me when I'm on the couch, despite the presence of the Booley.

The Alienist

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The following comments are for "Fuzzy Baby and the Wooley-Booley"
by The Alienist

Your Fuzzy Baby
Alienist, I must say there is ironic contrast between the visual of your avatar and the names of your cats. I find it charming.

My personal tactic for getting irritable cats to get along is to get the two cats in as close proximity as is possible. If they're very feisty, you may need help. Sitting with both cats, rub and pet them both simultaneously, speaking to each in turn and using their names. If one makes aggressive posturing or sounds at the other, calmly intercede with your hand while making shooshing noises. Once they've become calm and focused on enjoying your affection, alternate your petting, focusing on one cat at a time for a short period, then moving your attention to the other. Cats tend to respond well to positive reinforcement and the message here is simple and easily absorbed -- being tolerant of the other cat means more affection. The more frequently this ritual is performed, I've found, the better the results.

Both my cats were foundlings and once they'd gotten used to each other and me, they became so fond of their daily group petting that they used to run and greet me at the door when I got home from work.

( Posted by: hazelfaern [Member] On: November 26, 2004 )

Roisin's name
'Fuzzy Baby's' name is actually Roisindubh, which is Irish Gaelic for 'Black Rose'. (She was all black when she was born, but is now a grey/black tiger-striped Maine Coon.) I call her my fuzzy baby constantly, so it's like a second name for her.

( Posted by: The Alienist [Member] On: November 27, 2004 )

Roisindubh (Fuzzy baby) loves you. :)

( Posted by: the alienist [Member] On: November 27, 2004 )

Repeating Jess
I feel like I've learned all sorts of astonishing things about you, this week, Alienist. You have a cat named Roisindubh, aka Fuzzy Baby, you once belonged to a fraternity in California and you consider yourself to be a Christian. I've gotten to see, by way of rooting through the archives, a different voice of yours from the one I'm familiar with. Your blog entry "Songs and Memories of People" is really poignant and moving and reveals a very perceptive and subtle aspect of your personality not just as an individual but as a skilled and gifted writer.

All of these things stand in stark contrast to the you I'm familiar with via your postings on the front page, where you seem consistently more focused, more political, more one-dimensional.

You fairly recently wrote an article (forgive my lapse of memory regarding specifics) in which you mentioned having a desire to reach out more broadly to a black audience with your particular message. Looking at all of this, I feel very strongly that you could reach out more broadly to *any* audience if you revealed more of this you, allowed more of an expression of your own personal experience into the writing you posit front and center.

It could very easily speak more to the shallowness of my own assumptions, but I really thought you were being sarcastic in your early comment on my recent essay until I saw that you had rated it as highly as you did. Yet I also feel that if I've formed the wrong kind of impression of you, which I've begun to feel that I truly have, that it is possible that there are others who may have done so as well.

I would love to see more writing like this from you. I would love to read more about the personal aspects of your political experiences. I think that the superficial contradictions I've mentioned only deepen what you have to say and that the unexpected quality of your various dimensions make you quite a memorable and intriguing individual. I would strongly urge you to post more of this in a high-traffic, higher-visibility area of Lit.

( Posted by: hazelfaern [Member] On: November 27, 2004 )

one error
My fraternity was in Lock Haven, PA.
There was a chapter of it in California, PA. which closed a few years ago. Mine's closed, too, now. I expect the National to fold in the next ten years or so.

Otherwise, thank you very much, everyone. :)

( Posted by: the alienist [Member] On: November 28, 2004 )

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