Daddy Cat

Forget Cat Daddy. Chris is Daddy Cat. I don’t have any experience with real daddy cats but Chris is like a humanized version of what a good cat father would be. Someone who loves his kids and shows it often while also disciplining them when they break the rules. His rules.

Of course, Chris has never had kittens of his own but when we adopted Puck he seemed to take over the role of father figure. He loved Puck and Puck followed his rules like a good son and was often rewarded with love, affection, and a good tongue bath. I think Puck’s death really hurt Chris. For several days he seemed to wander aimlessly like he was looking for Puck and didn’t know what to do with himself.

Fortunately, Floki was here to fill the gap. We adopted Floki as a kitten, just like Puck, and Chris was right there to teach him the rules. His rules. Unfortunately for Chris, Floki was a bit of a problem Child and didn’t always follow the rules. Nevertheless, Chris still treated Floki like his son and a surprising thing happened recently. Floki started going to Chris for attention. This was an amazing development because Chris was always the one who sought out the other cats. It is a pleasure to see the bond that has developed between the two, especially when Floki comes to Chris and puts his head down so Chris can wash it.

Chris can also control Floki. This is something that Rose and I can’t do together. We have to bring him to the vet for nail trimmings because trying to hold him down for the task only leads to scratched arms and a cat under the bed. Chris, however, has no trouble holding Floki down. If only I could train Chris to do it at nail trimming time.

I sometimes think it was too bad that Chris was fixed when he was because he may have had some over-the-top kittens. especially if he could have hooked up with my sister-in-law’s cat, Holly.

Update: I forgot to mention Chris was washing Floki early this morning when Floki got up and bit Chris in the ear. Chris responded by putting his right paw on Floki’s head and pushing him down. He then resumed washing him while he held his head down.


25 thoughts on “Daddy Cat

  1. kittiesblue

    This really warms our hearts to see Chris as the nurturer. This surely does help him with missing Puck. Both Mau and Cooper Murphy are very good about taking care of their siblings. Wow, if only we could teach one of our big guys to hold down the others for nail clipping. We have to take everyone to the vet to have it done. Our PTU Pooper, Sawyer, goes in for blood work today. Oh joy! XOCK, angel Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo, Cooper Murphy and Sawyer

    1. Charles Huss Post author

      And used to be very hard to cut Chris’s nails but lately he has mellowed a bit and it has become much easier. I wish that was the case with Floki.

  2. databbiesotrouttowne

    I can only hope that tuna and mackerull will bond as well as chris and puck; tuna is a bully and was with sauce; hopefully he’s mellowed by now ~~~~~ I can hear sauce saying….payback’s a real *itch huh πŸ™‚ β™₯β™₯

  3. franhunne4u

    I have never ever clipped nails on my cats. They have scratching devices, chew on their nails to let go of the old claw and the vet has never said it was time to clip them. It must be an American thing.

    1. Charles Huss Post author

      They have scratchers to but only use them sometimes. Sometimes they use the side of the couch. Also, they are indoor cats so they don’t use their claws as much as they should.

  4. onespoiledcat

    I think it’s wonderful that Chris is the Cat Daddy around there……Floki certainly gave Chris someone to focus on when Puck went to the Bridge and it was good for Floki to have Chris too since he was just a baby when adopted. Even with the ear biting Chris can handle Floki just fine – like a typical Dad, he takes the good with the bad but he’s still KING. LOL



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