The cats have been peaceful with minimal hissing, no growling or snarling. They have no problem turning theirs backs to one another and just chilling in the vicinity (a few feet apart) of the other cat. I am heartened!
The visiting cat was ushered (protesting) to the vet where he shed great gobs of fur, and got booster shots. Gums a little inflamed so got antibiotic. Fun began when we tried to give him the antibiotic. He was having none of it. This is a cat who will not take meds. Our late Annie was so good about downing several pills twice a day that Rulon's behavior came as a shock. Guess his gums will stay red.
Rulon's owner is leaving him with us until Christmas, and we'll see how that goes. The first test is when we will be away for a weekend and the cat sitter will come.
Thisbe, who looks more and more like a plump black seal, spent the night on the floor in the bedroom, snoozing and chilling. She seems O.K. with everything. We'll see how it goes.
Now, back to blogging about cooking and writing and gardening (garden is rampant) and all that good stuff. The photo is Scallops Provencal on a seventies style print tablecloth, so old and soft that it needs no ironing. Yowza!