Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Pesky little sister, take 2

Maya is now 3.5 months old. And just like any junior in the family, she sees what the bigger cats can do and wants to do the same.

She also torments the heck out of Minina; following her, jumping on her back, taking her chair, pushing her out of any space and settling in there herself.

Until recently, Minina had some spaces up high where she could get away from pesky Maya: the kitchen stools, the top of the fridge, the top of the armoire. But Maya is gradually eliminating the 'safe' places, one by one.

Maya has sharp little claws, and she has learned that she can jump at something and catch on with her claws and then pull herself up. She now jumps at the cushion on the kitchen stool and hauls herself up. The other day I saw her doing this when Minina was up on the stool. Minina reached out with both her paws and grabbed onto Minina, who was dangling from the cushion. Was Minina trying to boost her up or push her down? Only Minina knows.

You may remember this picture from last year (Minina on top of the fridge)...

Yesterday I saw this...

Minina has just one place of refuge left - the top of the armoire. But it's only a matter of time, as this morning Maya jumped at the armoire and clung on a small ledge about 2/3 of the way up. She doesn't realize that Minina has a secret way to get up there. But she'll figure it out, and then I don't know what Minina will do. I think Minina needs to learn how to deck her little sister.


Ann said...

Kittens do have very sharp claws! All cats find the best places to perch!

Bennie said...

Maya will sit back and watch Minina. It won't be long now and they will be on even turf. Poor Minina.