Reader Brigette Zacharczenko, a grad student in Ecology and Evolution at the University of Connecticut at Storrs (she has an insect website), sent me some lovely photos (in an email titled “Some fluffy kitty belly for you to enjoy”) of her rabbits and new kitty that I’m posting with her permission. Her description is indented.
My fiance and I recently adopted a young cat we’ve named Milo. He’s a real charmer and I thought you’d enjoy some of these photos! We call him a cross between a ferret and a dinosaur, but we suspect he may actually be a Turkish Angora, at least in part.
Last photo is one of his encounters with my two rabbits, Rascal and Appledot. We were worried the cat may have a “killer instinct” and go after the rabbits. He’s only ever been an indoor cat, but you never know. Turns out, it’s the rabbits who are aggressive! Milo keeps trying to be friendly, approaching to sniff, rolling onto his back, mewing softly, and patting at them gently. Meanwhile the rabbits lunge, grunt, chase, and smack him around. To his credit, Milo handles it well, and isn’t terribly deterred. I’ve heard of other households with cats and rabbits who get along, and I’m hoping we get to that point too.
I’d be interested in hearing if any of your other readers have cats and rabbits who get along, and what the adjustment process was like.