Un ami, c’est un autre moi

Louis Catorze has a friend!

The very confident, never-seen-before gentleman pictured below (at least we THINK it’s a gentleman; I’ve never seen a female cat with such long limbs) wandered through Le Jardin the other day. Cat Daddy took 873 photos and videos when he was supposed to be watching the football, proving that he is as big a cat freak as me.

Check out that collar silverware.

Cat Daddy was disappointed that Catorze didn’t fight off the interloper; he seems to want his boy to be the hard-as-steel neighbourhood kingpin rather than the cordial host. But, since this cat – whom I have decided to name Donnie* – appeared to come in peace, he was welcome. Sa Maj didn’t mind him hanging around, and clearly the feeling was mutual as Donnie was back the next night (bizarrely, with Blue the Smoke Bengal in tow) and the night after that.

*Because he’s the new kid on the block. Younger followers: ask your mums.

On the third night, when he came calling at the Sureflap, Catorze chirped back, then went out, and the pair of them wandered off into the Zone Libre together.

Lots of pleasant trilling from both parties.
That’s a happy tail from Catorze, right?

Whilst cat friends in the garden are rather nice, having them coming into the house is another matter entirely. And, regretfully, when the Sureflap started malfunctioning and/or Catorze started to forget how to come in (we don’t know which one it was), we took out the batteries and we still haven’t fixed it. I KNOW, I KNOW. We forgot about it for a long time, then on the odd occasion we would remember again but, since we hadn’t had any trespassers, we weren’t in any hurry to do anything about it. So we probably need to get onto this pretty sharpish.

For the reason given above, we’re not sure if it’s a good idea to encourage Donnie. We don’t wish to hurt the feelings of Catorze’s only friend and it’s not in our nature to be indifferent towards cats, but we we know what selfish users they are; if we are so much as moderately civil towards them, they take advantage. Our street already has quite enough feline impinging taking place – Catorze goes into That Neighbour’s House, Blue the Smoke Bengal goes into the Dog Family’s house, Catus Interruptus goes into Cocoa the babysit cat’s house – and we don’t want any more.

Anyway, this weekend seems as good a time as any to secure the perimeters of Le Château, monitor the comings and goings and rescue the Sun King should he get stuck. After the stress of Le Grand Changement I was looking forward to a bit of a break from cat nonsense, but I guess it’s an almighty “Non” to that.

25 thoughts on “Un ami, c’est un autre moi

  1. On the other hand, the presence of another cat may keep Catorze eating well !v ccccccccccccccccccccc1 (everything after “well” was added by Sally Cookie exiting my lap to go graze.)

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    1. A gang? 😱 Oh my, I was thinking of them as a group of blokes meeting up to hang out. I hope there’s not going to be any trouble … 😬

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  2. Donnie does look like he has the heavier build of a boy cat. But since it can be hard to tell from a quick glance at times, I won’t say I’m absolutely sure, lol.

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    1. He’s slimmer than Le Roi, but VERY rangy. I think he’s a young cat who has the potential to grow large in adulthood. I hope this isn’t going to cause problems …

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    1. Thank you! It was quite the evening, with Sa Maj and Donnie chirping at each other and Blue the Smoke Bengal watching creepily from a distance. The Dog Family and we were quite riveted! It was better than watching a soap opera! 🤣🤣🤣

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  3. Having a friend is enjoyable, even for a cat. Ours, who is a tabby has a ginger friend.
    By the way, as I have no longer a mum, can you be kind enough to tell me who is the famous Donnie you refer to? Thanks a lot.

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    1. Yes, of course. I called him Donnie because he’s the new kid on the block … and in the late 80s/early 90s there was a band called New Kids On The Block, whose most famous member was Donnie Wahlberg. 🤣🤣🤣

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  4. I can understand your fears and know of many stories where initial “guests” got a little too comfortable (and sometimes even decided to stay permanently), but it must be nice for Sa Maj to have a friend 🙂
    On a separate note, I miss black cats 😥 😥 😥

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    1. Yes, if Donnie hangs around we’d like it to be on our terms, and we all know that that ain’t gonna happen with a cat! 🤣🤣🤣 Sa Maj is very happy sharing his garden but I don’t think he would want to share the indoor living space of his Château. A Frenchman’s home is his Château!

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  5. Bienvenue Donnie 😺 I’m prone to believe that since Sa Maj is so selective, his new buddy has passed the sniff/speak test for good. Enjoy Nouvelle Amie Cinema! (It sure beats anything on Netflix these days)…

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        1. I think that’s the only way I will be able to get another get: get a black one, try not to let them be seen together and hope Cat Daddy just thinks it’s the same cat. 🐈‍⬛🐈‍⬛

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