With Millie still cowering under the hamper (though I have caught her moving around and exploring, when I leave the room and come back), I wanted to introduce everyone to the unsung hero of this whole ordeal. His name is Ed, and he is also a rescue. 10 years or so ago, Jillian found this tiny fellow in a bird sanctuary, and he has been in my custody for the last five years or so. Being a rescue, he definitely has some quirks. He can’t be picked up, for example, but when I am sitting on the couch or working at my desk, you have never seen such a great lap cat. He’s handsome, he’s got crazy personality, and he’s my buddy.
Now, here’s the thing. I think he senses something is going on with this whole “Millie” situation, even though I am keeping Millie in a separate room. The other morning, when Millie was on her crying jag, Ed was visibly upset, pawing at the door of the room Millie was in, and looking nervous.
So here’s the question. With Millie still virtually inconsolable, in spite of attention and care, I am wondering if the two should be introduced. In my head, what I hope would happen is that some kind of paternal instincts would kick in, and Ed would become Millie’s surrogate father, and they would spend the rest of their days snuggling in a sunbeam. However, with her so freaked out, I am concerned that his presence might not help the situation. The other problem is, that due to an overly anxious former mother, Ed has been declawed, a practice that I find despicable, immoral, and one that should probably be illegal just like it is in every other civilized country in the world. Declawing is the worst thing you could ever do to a cat, but unfortunately, this procedure was done before Ed came into my care. He doesn’t seem to mind, but he also seems to not know he doesn’t have claws, so I definitely don’t want the two cats to get into a scuffle.
Thoughts? Should I make introductions? Will this calm Millie down, or only serve to upset her more?