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Furry Love

So, last night I came home and the cat was out and about. He's still not happy about participating in family life and so stays in the crate while everyone's running around doing their thing, but let's face it - anyone can understand that. There are those occasions where I wish I had a crate I could crawl into and be left alone.

We left the bedroom door open so that he could come in, and come in he did. He climbed up on the bed and snuggled us for most of the night. The Pirate is in a state of major confusion. I have never, as long as he's known me, tolerated an animal in my bed (other than the occasional husband, and even that's not a guarantee). But I told him last night that this one was okay. I could hear him next to me snorting in confusion. Finally he turned around and asked me why this one. "I don't know." Well, he's not going to question it. He was happy.

Except that this kitty couldn't find his "sweet spot" on the bed, and was interested in talking about it for a very long time. He would come up to the head of the bed. "Mow-OW?" and lay down. And then get up and snuggle against my butt. "Mow-ow-ow." And then curl up on top of our feet. "Mow." And then in the Pirate's face. "Mow. Mow-ow." I think that tonight will be better. The Pirate got a tetanus shot yesterday and so couldn't sleep. His shoulder was sore and he was sorta testy and grouchy all night.

We'll see how things go tonight, but the little kitty is pretty happy so far.


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Sep. 9th, 2003 09:11 am (UTC)
*sighs happily* I am glad he is calming down. I was SO worried about him. Thought you might want to bring him back. Which I would have taken him back if you needed me to. Yeah, I guess he just isn't used to having kids around. Hopefully time will get him used to that too. Its only been a few days.

The Pirate got a tetanus shot yesterday Oh no.. :( I am sorry about the kitty cuts/bites. I didn't realize it was that bad. Did he let Pirate pet him in bed?

thanks for the updates in LJ.. this settles my brain a bit.

-Jen (who still has kitty stuff for ya to pick up :) )
Sep. 9th, 2003 10:42 am (UTC)
Sorry! I don't have your phone #, so I couldn't let you know that we got overwhelmed last night and I wasn't gonna be able to make it.

Yeah, the Pirate got the big-time kitty snuggles. All is forgiven between the two of them. Really, the Pirate blames himself more than anything for the bites. He says that he knew better, but that he was basing his actions on other cats he's had. Personally, I've had the aggressive teenager cat before, and I know two things: they need to feel safe and in control (i.e., leave them alone unless they come looking for love) and they will calm down eventually into large cat-shaped meatloaves that you will be unable to remove from your lap. And that's okay. I've got time.

The Peaches (you met her) has also been the recipient of much kitty love. She's a big fan of animals of any variety, so she sat in the hallway last night where he had himself sprawled out and waited until he came and put his head under her hand. I think he let her pick him up, but I'm not sure.

The Baby's still skittish. She didn't want the kitty in her room last night, but this morning she was all smiles at the thought that she might get to pet the kitty soon and he would be nice. I'm skeptical because small children tend to move quickly and unpredictably and many animals just don't deal well with that. But just as many animals seem to recognize "baby," and are very tolerant. This particular kitty is proving to be more marshmallow like than my old cat and might therefore be a secret baby lover.

Don't worry. We have patience and love and plenty of space at our house. Even if Leigh turns out to be a grumpy old man of a cat, he'll be welcome here.
Sep. 9th, 2003 08:46 pm (UTC)
You dont know how this post put a smile on my face. I am glad that all of you have gotten to see the 'nicer side of Leigh'. You will notice he does go 'upside down' a lot. That's his relaxed position I think. :)

No hurry on the kitty stuff. Rooomie is home all day tomorrow, so if you want, you can come by then. :)

I will check your LJ once in a while for updates on the cat. Thanks so much, you are very sweet for taking him. I am glad things are working out. Wow, hasnt even been a week yet.
Sep. 10th, 2003 10:16 am (UTC)
One more update: This morning when I brought the baby into my bed (I do it every morning), the cat jumped up to check her out. I whispered to her "Look who's here." She was completely asleep, but turned her head and opened her eyes, and there was the cat right there. She reached her hand out very tentatively, and Leigh came and gave her his head. She petted him until he'd had enough and hopped off the bed. It totally made the baby's morning.

I did make it clear to her that she's not to chase the cat, and that "SSSSSS!!!!" is kitty for "I don't want to play. Please leave me alone." She proceeded to chase and pet the kitty until she got a hiss, and then left him alone. I think the two of them will get on just fine!
Sep. 10th, 2003 01:27 pm (UTC)
Gwahhh, that is SO cute.. :) Glad the baby understands the mood of the kitty. I was worried a bit about a really young kid around Leigh. But, it sounds like things are working out. Phew. that makes me very happy.

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