My two adorable Mackeral Tabbies with white points are now in a new home. I know this home well as it belongs to a former vet tech. She has a great passion for Mackeral Tabbies (and who can blame her) She has been eyeing these kittens since they arrived, she helped me when Cyrus was so ill to administer his meds- and she has been a great support system since I met her.
She is in the process of building her own cat enclosure which I am proud to say my husband has had a hand in helping with. It is not entirely built yet, but close to launching.
Cyrus is such a strong alpha that he and Hurricane Charlie (my smallest and most alpha of my group) started clashing.
The fights frightened me- going airborne just as two tomcats would during mating season. If you have never seen this aerial display of cat aggression, count yourself lucky. It is terrifying to watch and listen to and sometimes what is left in the wake is pretty ugly.
These confrontations (there were four of them) weren’t a matter of two tough guys bluffing. There was deadly intent behind them- it was truly a fight to gain dominance here. Charlie may be small but he has lived through neglect and abuse that forms him into a formidable opponent. There is no way these two cats (even though they both are neutered) could peacefully co-exist in the same environment.
I wondered, because when Cyrus arrived and couldn’t be neutered right away due to health issues, he was the first tomcat I have ever witnessed who would sexually relieve himself on objects. Not humping a furry slipper or doing the normal thing toms who have previously mated do, but rather just doing it different. I’m trying to be delicate here on a sensitive subject for some. I believe I knew then that I had a contender for the throne. I did not realize that the battle he would wage would be so deadly.
The fights lasted just seconds but seemed to go on longer. They would happen immediately when the door was opened and Cyrus would slip out. In the last few days, he was so determined to get to Charlie, that he would launch himself starting at the corner of the room and run full tilt to the screen door- jump on it claws out in the middle of the screen, climb down and do it all again until finally the latch broke.
I love this kitten. His favorite trick was to jump into my arms when I made a cradle, crawl up to my shoulder and wrap himself around my neck. He would stay there as I did the dishes, walked around the house..etc..It was clear he was claiming me and telling the others I was his. Charlie didn’t like that-I was his first.
This gal also took Phoebe. She flipped for Phoebe the minute she arrived here and so two of my beautiful mackeral tabbies now have a loving home.
i will miss both of them, Cyrus the most- but Charlie was here first and he is my $2,000.00 free kitten. Mike calls him our Bionic Baby! LOL He stays-
I was not surprised to find out that when Cyrus got to his new place and was released, he showed no interest in the other mackeral tabbies already there. There is less activity for him there (our place can get pretty chaotic at times. He is laid-back and already bonding with a 6 year old boy. Plus, her Alphas are submissive Alphas. There will be no wars in her home. Ten minutes after Cyrus left, I felt the entire house just breathe a sigh of relief.