Our friends have a beautiful cat named Freya. She is an Abyssinian, and is a redwood color with ticking and has a soft, rich apricot belly, and she is all cat. She's sleek, alert, confident, finicky, and aloof. Usually when we are at their house, Freya is discreetly hidden away somewhere napping. When she does come out, it is very briefly and she pays no attention to us, and she usually only comes out for a little snack at her kitty bowl or a drink.
The idea was to introduce her to Addie. We were all pretty sure what the result would be and took precautions to make sure that Freya was safe. The scenario we expected was Addie bounding up to her in clumsy curiosity, maybe attempting to chase her, and Freya, horrified, wanting to get as far away as possible. Addie is very friendly with other dogs and with people. So we were pretty surprised when it didn't quite play out the way we imagined... Addie was scared! And Freya was not! Freya was curious and Addie cowered and tried to get away and hide. She just didn't know what to make of a cat! Freya knew she had the upper hand and was thoroughly enjoying it. She stayed out with us the entire rest of the evening, sliding in and out of the furniture and watching Addie. I'm pretty sure that if Freya had run, Addie would have chased her. But Freya didn't run, and Addie never got up the nerve to get close. We all supposed that if they spent a few days together, they might even play together!