This Cat Saturday we celebrate the beauty of cats in light and shadow. Be sure to read to the end when we announce our big news about Odin in the spotlight.
The days are getting longer and nothing beats napping in a sunny window except maybe walking outside. Merlin is a marvel to watch outdoors, navigating with his whiskers, tail low as a rudder to compensate for vision loss. He bumps into things but never has a mishap. Mind you, I’m never more than a few steps away his personal seeing-eye dog or would that be cat?
It may seem like winter but our cats are already feeling the quickening of Mother Earth below the ground. The sap is running and whispers of spring are wafting in the air.
Cats can hear, smell and sense things we can’t. Even on cold days, there’s an urgency to go outside even for a few minutes. Gris Gris who doesn’t have an ounce of fat, hates the cold and asked Teddy…
Domino on the other hand, stays out for hours, hardy from his many years outdoors as a feral. He’s an odd boy. I don’t mind that he favors his cat daddy. Cats are rarely egalitarian, but he liked me to pet and brush him until recently.
For weeks he’s been skittish around me, and I felt a twinge of “he doesn’t love me!” So we had a chat. He didn’t want to communicate at first but then it came out. He didn’t like how I picked him up off the porch and brought him inside a few weeks ago. Not once but twice. It triggered old fear. I apologized and he rewarded me by sleeping at the foot of our bed for the first time. Just the once, but I felt honored. Cat do appreciate apologies. They know us humans are flawed but appreciate when we make an effort to consider their feelings.
Meanwhile everyone made an extra loud ruckus playing and running around a new ‘toy’ made from yards of crumpled craft paper from a shipping box.
Mystery Miss has made a regular appearance as she sashays about cool and serene as Angelina Jolie. How can Odin resist this leopard lady?
Odin tried anything and everything to get her attention.
Our cat daddy decided to try and attach a note to her collar to alert her pet parents since we’d like to know where she lives. The only problem was he didn’t let me know. I happened to see the debacle from the second floor window. MM let him pet her but she knew what was up and left him in the dust. Now, she’s leery of anyone monkeying with her collar. My plan is to gain her trust, immobilize her by the scruff of her neck and quickly snap on a message to the collar. Any other suggestions?
Sure MM and Odin cavort and play, but we all know she’s a big flirt.
Odin loves her but is he fool enough to do something rash for Valentine’s Day?
Stay tuned…their romance is will be revealed in special report on pets in love in the New York Post on Sunday. We’ll post a link tomorrow.
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