We are still in Bend, Oregon, enjoying the outdoor activities and breweries. This past week we hiked from Lava Island Falls along the Deschutes River,
got sleeted on while mountain biking on the Phil’s trail system, did a couple more rides there on warmer days, went to see Marc Cohn (from Walking in Memphis fame) in concert at the intimate Tower Theater, and tried some more local brews. So far Crux and 10 Barrel are our favorites.
We’ve been seeing a black and white cat wandering around the pasture we’re parked in, and the other morning it apparently noticed Elvis sitting in the dash and came up for a closer look. They seemed to be having a staring contest, and when Sophie realized what Elvis was looking at she ran up on the dash. It startled Elvis so much that he went berserk and attacked Sophie. It was like watching Linda Blair in The Exorcist.
He literally transformed into a demon cat in an instant. The two of them went tearing around the rig hissing and swatting, knocked a full cup of coffee onto the iPad keyboard, ran across the stove which had a couple bagels sitting on it. They and the pan went flying, we couldn’t get the cats separated, and I was hysterical. Jim was able to grab Sophie and get her in the bedroom but I couldn’t keep Elvis out quick enough and he was right after her again. At last we got Elvis locked in the bedroom, and proceeded to clean up the mess. Coffee was all over the table, chair, and carpet. What a mess! And the following day we had to order a new keyboard for the iPad.
We were ready right then and there to take them to the Humane Society. In all our years of cat ownership it was the first time anything like like this has ever happened, and we don’t want it to happen again. Part of the problem is we live in such a small space, and the other part is that although Elvis is adorable and sweet, he is probably the least intelligent cat we’ve ever had. I did some research on fear-induced aggression in cats, and I read that it is not an uncommon problem when cats see a strange one outside of their home. Guess we’ve been lucky this never happened before.
I also read that it can cause irreparable damage to the cats relationships with each other, but by that evening things were back to normal and Elvis and Sophie are best buddies again. We put our sunshade in the windshield so the cat can’t see in, and so far a few days have passed and although we’ve seen the black and white cat out in the pasture, it hasn’t come close. Maybe all the commotion scared it enough that it never wants to come near us again. I hope!
We had one other episode that we stopped before it started, when our friend’s sweet cat came up to Jim near our door. Jim was talking to and petting him, and with the windows open our cats could hear him. When Jim came back in Elvis got all worked up and Sophie started making a weird almost howling noise to warn him off. Jim put Sophie back in the bedroom for a few minutes, the other cat left, and Elvis settled down.
As much as we love these cats, if someone were to come along who could give them a bigger, better home, we would gladly give them up for the sake of our sanity.
These marmots live in the rocks in our “yard”. Elvis isn’t bothered by them. Guess since they aren’t cats he doesn’t think they pose a threat.
Yesterday we took a drive and a couple short hikes along the Cascade Lakes National Scenic Byway, but we took so many photos I will save that for another post. Here’s a little preview.