03/13/2019 – Who’s Who

From left: Olivia, Quint, Pia and gray Tessa mostly hiding © Colehauscats.com
From left: Olivia, Quint, Pia and gray Tessa mostly hiding © Colehauscats.com

It’s been a while since we’ve checked in on who gets along with who at Colehaus. In the time since Zuzu, Sunny and Ruby became angels, group dynamics and hierarchy has changed and currently, we’re without a Patrol Sergeant. Not that everyone, exactly, understands that.

Miss Newton and favorite mousie #3 © Colehauscats.com
Miss Newton and favorite mousie #3 © Colehauscats.com

Miss Newton, the oldest, is still the glue cat, the one who brings everyone together to feel at home and who gets along with everybody else, yet, even at her age and health level, sometimes isn’t afraid to roughhouse with Quint or Tessa. Adored by Pia and Olivia, Miss Newton tolerates the squirt, Viola, who always shows respect toward her elder.

Tessa, on the other paw, hates Viola with all the burning fury of the oils from a thousand chopped jalapenos meeting a paper cut-laden thumb that is immediately, confusingly and most regrettably placed in a human eyeball. (Mom swears she chopped just one jalapeno for dinner preparation last week but her eyeball and paper cut-laden thumb insist differently.)

Tessa, a.k.a. Danger Cat, a.k.a. Teddy bear © Colehauscats.com
Tessa, a.k.a. Danger Cat, a.k.a. Teddy bear © Colehauscats.com

Viola isn’t too keen on Tessa’s existence, either, but very rarely instigates an encounter. She’s a good girl who sticks mostly to just Mom or Dad, and while she gets along with everyone else, she’s the one true independent cat of the house. Her angel mama Zuzu would be proud.

Back to Tessa, she naps just as often alone as with Quint and won’t cut a nap short if Pia or Olivia join the pile. Just between us, Tessa is turning into a Teddy bear, just as Dad predicted would happen five years ago. Shh . . .

Ginger Princess Pia © Colehauscats.com

Ginger Princess Pia © Colehauscats.com

Pia, the Ginger Princess Diva who KNOWS she is, loves Miss Newton, is indifferent towards Tessa and Olivia, is most apt to hiss at Viola and always, always, ALWAYS growls at Quint . . . but only at night when Quint takes the prime sleeping spot tucked in next to Dad. You’d think she’d learn and grab the place earlier in the evening, but you’d be wrong.

Olivia always watching © Colehauscats.com
Olivia always watching © Colehauscats.com

Olivia goes from acting as if she’d like to play with Viola one minute to looking like she’d like to smack her into tomorrow the next. But she’d have to catch Viola first. That squirt has long, springy legs and no one can keep up with her. Olivia still loves Quint, and Miss Newton, and is completely indifferent toward Pia and Tessa. That doesn’t prevent her from spying on them, though. Olivia is ALWAYS watching someone.

Lovable lug Quint © Colehauscats.com
Lovable lug Quint © Colehauscats.com

Lovable lug Quint gets along with everyone, except Pia and only at night (see reason above), and doesn’t hesitate to roughhouse with Olivia and Tessa. He seems to be aware that Miss Newton is aging and is gentle with her. Quint and Viola often bump noses but that’s about as close as they get anymore.

So, who shows Patrol Sergeant tendencies? Maybe Tessa but a Patrol Sergeant shouldn’t be a bully. That eliminates her. Maybe Quint but a Patrol Sergeant shouldn’t be a push-over either. Olivia? She enjoys spying on everyone too much, and tattling to Mom. Should a Patrol Sergeant be a tattletale? Zuzu wasn’t. Neither was Sunny. Both ran to the scene of any shenanigan and by simply making their presence known, defused situations. Age and health eliminate Miss Newton.

That leaves Viola, the youngest and the least affiliated-with-anyone else candidate. She’d show no favoritism. She’s not a tattletale, nor a bully and definitely not a push-over. Plus, she has the added bonus of agility. She just doesn’t have the age, experience or the respect of anyone else. Yet.

Pia and Viola © Colehauscats.com
Pia and Viola © Colehauscats.com

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A Colehaus Cats flashback:

2018 – No post
2017Is it Spring yet?
2016 – No post
2015Friday the 13th with Olivia
2014 – No post
2013Wednesday Woots!
2012 – No post

18 responses to “03/13/2019 – Who’s Who

  1. We’re sorry that Tessa and Viola aren’t friends (we can relate with Sadie and Lucy). We’re rooting for Viola as new Patrol Sargent!

  2. “The Days Of Our Lives: Colehaus Cats”
    Once Viola adopts a stern, non-blinking stare, she’s win the job!

  3. da tabbies o trout towne

    I’d hate to see what would happen if Tessa and Dude were in a room together…

    probably cat mageddeon =^–^=

    N viola; pleez find out what de pay rate iz bee for ewe take de job oh patrolz sargentz

    ☺☺♥♥

  4. Things are sure complicated at your house! I’m glad you guys have it all sorted out.

  5. They only act like this when you’re looking. Otherwise they’re all piled in a heap purring their way through a great nap. They are all beautiful, and I’m sure they know that.

  6. The mom is glad to hear that while kitties don’t generally get along well, they can at least live in the same house together. Buster and I have not been buddies at all.

  7. Y’all really are all special and purrfect just the way you are!

  8. Maybe you guys don’t need a patrol sergeant. 🙂

  9. It’s almost like a little kitty soap opera, isn’t it? You sure have your hands full!

  10. Hmmm, no problems here being an only cat!

  11. Kitty relationships are complicated and always seem to be changing.

  12. Its always the gingers or ginger/oranges who keep the peace…

  13. Wow, there’s a whole lot of relating going on at Colehaus! 🙂
    By the way, “…with all the burning fury of the oils from a thousand chopped jalapenos meeting a paper cut-laden thumb that is immediately, confusingly and most regrettably placed in a human eyeball.” MOL! (and OUCH)

  14. Thanks for sharing the little information about each of your lovely kitties. Miss Newton reminds me of my cat when I was younger and we brought home kittens. She would run around too at an older age and sometimes we were scared to let her, so she wouldn’t injure herself. Have a great day and have fun all you cute ones.

  15. Great to see the insights of you, kitties. This reminds me of my mother’s house, where my 5 siblings live 😀 Pawkisses for a Happy Weekend 🐾😽💞

  16. Katie Isabella

    I LOVED LOVED LOVED this. I’m a day late but what a treat when I finally got here! It is fun to know each one of the cats’ personalities and I was surprised with several facts…as we tend to have our thoughts and feelings about each one as we go along. One thing for certain, I love them all.

  17. Katie Isabella

    and the peppers…I know that was a rip snortin’ pain, but oh, you made me laff with that description!

  18. I love the dynamics in a multi-cat home! So fascinating! Especially with cats with plenty of personality like yours 🙂