We’re rapidly getting closer to the anniversary of Sampson moving to live with us here in Finland. It was 8th May last year that he finally got to us. That just happens to be his birthday. And Elvis’s too!
Elvis is the older of the two. He’ll turn eleven on this coming birthday, whilst Sampson will be seven.
The relationship between Elvis and Sampson is a little bit rocky. Whilst I’ve known them both to be very cuddly with other cats before (Elvis with our foster kittens, Sampson with his friends back in England) they’ve not yet got to the stage that they are willing to snuggle up together.
That saddens me because I know they both love a good kitty-snuggle.
But there is hope. Once in a while they will get along. They’ll sleep near to each other, if not right next to each other. They’ll exchange nose kisses. Sometimes Elvis will even groom Sampson for a short while.
Unfortunately more often they will bicker. Mostly when Sampson is hungry. Usually it’s limited to growling and a little bit of hissing. Sometimes there might be swiping at each other. On one occasion we did come home to find the hallway covered in clumps of fur after they’d presumably had a disagreement.
It’s hard to know what to do to help them get along better. It’s probably just a case of just giving them time, but waiting is so difficult! I’d love to be able to wave a magic wand and have them get along perfectly. (And with Lola too!) But it’s lovely to see the hints every now and then, that things are improving. And that maybe, just maybe, they might become friends.
Do your cats get along with each other, just tolerate one another, or bicker? Do you have tips to share on how to help cats learn to get along?