Introducing little Ben- the Tiger Cub

Day 1  Sue here.  As I sit in my office on the third floor of our home Tiger is relaxing on the floor nearby.  After a final deep cleaning behind the ears (who can sleep with dirty ears?)  he’s ready to call it a day and is drifting off into kittyland.

DSC01082 (2)Little does he know that two levels below, there is a little Tiger cub hiding under grandma’s bed. We visited Seattle Humane Society today and brought home a new kitty as a companion for Tiger. His name is Ben. Or Benji.  We’ll see what sticks.  He’s a 10 month old tabby.  A mini Tiger with golden almond eyes and a scruffy ear.  Brown and gray like his new big brother. They told us he came from the home of a hoarder.  (Someone with lots of cats ~ 40!).  We picked him out when we saw him snuggle in the bosom of another sleeping cat.  Ah, that’s the one, we said.

Tiger lived with his big brother Shadow for 7 years.  But Shadow wasn’t the healthiest kitty and he is no longer with us. We miss the sweet fluffy boy, but are happy for the years they had together.  Now it seemed time for a little brother to be added to the family. Tiger can show him the ropes of the cat kingdom.  How to hide in the bush.  Chase moths.  Hunt moles.  And drink from the flowing stream in the backyard.  But not yet.

We’ll let Ben decide when to come out of hiding. He has everything he needs in his room below.  When he is comfortable with us in his new home, we will begin the introduction process, slowly, swapping the cat’s scents and toys. Supervising visits.  We want their first meeting to be all good. Tiger has given no indication he knows anything of the intruder.  So we have the time we need.

Day 2  We’ll that was quick.  The little rascal is out and ready to explore his new world! Fearless!  So here’s Ben!

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~ Susanne

5 thoughts on “Introducing little Ben- the Tiger Cub

    • I do hope so! It seemed Tiger was a bit lonely after losing his brother a couple months ago so this was mainly for him….. that little Ben has already become quite comfortable with my mom downstairs… all snuggled up in her lap…

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