Lily here. After our human shared Amelia’s story I thought I would chime in and continue the story of the ongoing efforts to reintegrate Jasmine into our house.
Jasmine retreated to my human’s bedroom after her unfortunate experience with Amelia. She has remained there for the last year.
Tucker is nice but he only likes to cuddle with the humans and since I am an equal opportunity cuddler I am missing a feline cuddle buddy. Unfortunately, every time I’m allowed in the bedroom Jasmine freaks out and hides under the bed for hours. My human’s have tried many things to reintroduce Jasmine back into the house, swapping our spaces, bringing me in the bedroom while one human holds me and one holds Jasmine. They have had nominal success but no breakthroughs.
This week the humans have implemented The Great Barrier. It’s a white jail like thing that in theory allows Jasmine to see outside the bedroom and allows me to see Jasmine inside the bedroom without me invading her space. “In theory” is the operative phrase. The first trial run was a disaster from the humans point of view as I was able to squeeze myself through the white bars with little effort (being a skinny kitty has it’s advantages).
Phase two was clear taping the barrier. This was more effective but I still found a way to squeeze through the taped areas. The female human approaced this second breach with the enthusiasm and mindset of a CSI agent, examining the tape for cat hair to determine where I had made my successful break in. This is how the barricade looks now.
As you may have noticed, there is a considerable gap on either side that can easily acccomodate a slender feline such as myself. Note to humans, your work is not done.
The humans, to their credit, did realize that the position of the hallway cabinet provided a perfect “leaping opportunity” and attemptd to block my access to the bedroom (attempt being the operative word).
Patting themselves on the back and assuming that the barrier was secure they flung open the door to the bedroom, coaxed Jasmine to sit on the bedroom chair and enjoy her new, safe access to the sounds and life of the house. It took me 15 mminutes to breach the barrrier and enter Jasmine’s territory. The humans didn’t count on me weaving myself through the cabinet “barrier” and leaping over the barricade.
The humans are working diligently again to shore up the barricade in the ongoing effort to bring Jasmine back into the household. I hope they figure it out soon because as nice as Tucker is, the big guy has little interest in playing. His favorite pastimes are sleeping and eating.
So my feline friends, if you have any suggestions for my humans to bring our feline family back together, please let me know. In the meantime I will post about our progress or perhaps Jasmine will chime in and provide her point of view.
Until next time,