At every turn, Sonja has shown
herself to be "pure" Norwegian. Her temperament is
fabulous and her desire to have babies is right up there with
Olivia's. The only trouble is, Alexander, her "intended"
has either not been to her liking, or has been unable to step up
to his responsibilities. The first time they were
together, we had to rescue him from her on a number of
occasions. She would beat the living daylights out of him
every time he would get close and eventually we would find him
hiding in a corner.
Recently (several weeks ago), we
re-introduced them. Sonja, typical of all our Norwegian's,
has a "long memory" (the elephant of the cat world!), and her
first inclination was to, yet again, beat the living daylights
out of Alexander. This time though, we did two things -
first, we had a long talk with Sonja and explained that in order
for her to have kittens of her own to care for, she would need
to allow Alexander to "do his thing". Second, we had a
talk with Alexander and explained that some girls need a bit of
"finesse" and that just jumping her may not be the best way to
win her over. A bit of Barry White, some mood lighting
(lava lamp) and a soft pillow or two would go a long way.
A bit of wine doesn't hurt either...:-)
Whether the talks had any effect,
we do not know... yet. What we do know is that they spent
a week together and though she still beat the living daylights
out of him, Alexander did not cower and run to the corner.
Instead, he would take his beating like a man and when she was
done, he would chirp at her, roll around on the floor and crawl
back towards her... He's become a persistent little guy!!
When we would visit with them, Sonja would come over to us and
be very friendly, while Alexander would watch, with a look in
his eyes that said - "You're not going to take my girl away!!".
Each time she would come over to us, he would chirp and coo at
her and she would run back over to him, head-butt and rub up
against him, reassuring him that she was not forgetting "him",
and then come back over to us. All the while, both were
talking up a storm.
After a week, she seemed ready to
come back over to our bedroom and Alexander went back into the
"Bachelor Pad" with the other boys. We don't know if the
time together "took", but we do know that both seem happy and
apparently our little talks may have had an effect. :-)
Ok...maybe it is just that Alexander is older, or has had more
time to talk with Winston and the other boys about all this and
no longer suffers from "performance anxiety", but for whatever
the reasons, things seem "better" and we are "hoping".
Sonja has not gone back into heat
again and our fingers are crossed!!
If this mating "takes", we expect
to have some truly spectacular kittens...all we can do at this
time is keep Sonja happy and comfortable and watch...