Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Eli - my nip hound
Eli seems to want to have another post dedicated to him. He's been sitting around screaming at me lately, and I've tried everything else, so I'm hoping this is what he's been after... or maybe he's just after more static.. hard to tell with him.
Eli came to me in the same litter as his sister Muffin - although I'm not sure if they are biological siblings or not as back then they were adding orphaned kittens in with family groups to help them with socialization and nutrition. Muffin and Eli are my only 'siblings' that grew up nursing together and as such they know how to push each other's buttons like no other. I do my best not to get in the middle of it as I know they are just being siblings, but Muffin tends to have a bit of a diva personality and gets huffy if things don't go her way.
We haven't had an 'alpha' in the house since Ollie's passing, From time to time Eli makes a play to be the top kitty, but it never lasts. I think it is because he isn't willing to do the work to keep it... that and because Muffin often kicks his behind. Sometimes it is Muffin, sometimes it is Jack.. sometimes it is Fleurp. We are the true definition of a fluid alpha house where the cats take turns.
Eli also does not meow. He squeaks at us. We generally call him Squeaky! (think Norm! from Cheers), and when we do he squeaks back at us.. it is really freakin adorable.