|Charlie & Munchie: claiming turf|
Thrust Charlie into that situation and it could have been pretty sad, had we not taken it slowly. Munchie had chosen the bedroom as his area when we moved into this apartment. We respected that, placing his food, toys and water in there and keeping the door closed so Charlie wouldn't bound in unexpectedly. Munchie preferred moving between there and the bathroom (litter box), so we kept the bathroom door closed, too. Charlie had the run of the rest of the house. Once the hissing and growling stopped when they saw each other (after about 3 weeks), we started leaving the bedroom door open. Charlie would lie in the bedroom doorway simply watching Munchie sleep. Or he would lurk in the bathroom doorway, watching Munchie in the box (as in the photo of their first interaction), Munchie would perk up from a nap on his box by the window to watch Charlie outside the window when he went for walks. All seems relatively calm.
There still are some exciting moments, though. Whenever we pick Munchie up to bring him to the litter box (when Charlie is particularly rambunctious), Charlie can now jump so high that he tries to grab hold of Munchie's tail to play. Munchie still responds with a hiss and it's high antics with one person trying to do the gymnastics to hold a strong little dog back and put a cat in the room where he wants to go. As soon as Munchie is down on the ground, Charlie settles right back down again. I wonder if he was a "cat herder" in a previous life? Charlie knows the sound of the bedroom door, and if it's been closed, he's there like a shot, "smiling" and ready for fun when he hears it squeak open. We still keep the door closed at night - neither of us in ready to have a rowdy dog and hissing cat run across our faces during the night!