Thursday, March 26, 2009
Yesterday I was under the weather and really didn't want to be at work. But since we are self-employed I don't have the luxury of calling in sick. So I made myself a little bed and laid down for a while. I guess the phone rang or someone came in and I vacated the spot. When I went back to it I found that Leroy had claimed it for his own. He looked so comfortable that I left him alone.
Monday, March 23, 2009
It had been my intention to keep Sophie isolated in my office (specially set up for her comfort!) until she would allow me to touch her. Aside from seeing the good sense in that, those had been my instructions from the feral cat rescue people.
Instead, Sophie took things into her own paws and made her "prison break" last Friday. Yes, she ran right through my feet as I opened the door to her room, crying, "Mine, all mine, MY house! Yippeeeeeeeeeeeee!" :-) Rudy was delighted and romped after her. Miki looked a little disgruntled. All was well. All IS well. Sophie knows how to enjoy the house. I go to sleep and I wake to sweet little noises which Blu used to make....little grunts, and quiet chirrups. Kitten sounds.
When I loudly say "NO, Micki!", Miki comes to me, purring.....but, Sophie runs away scared. That's the difference between a cat who trusts and one who has been taught to fear.
My boys are much more active now.:-) I laugh as even Rudy has to get himself away from her at times. I think perhaps they are glad to let Sophie have their cat tree so they can get some rest. I spray cat phermones on a few places twice a day, and put stress Bach flowers into their drinking water. All is good.....except, she still will not allow me very close......3 feet if we're not playing, 1 foot if we are. She hasn't come into my studio yet, but all is well.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Last night I went to bed despairing over ever making Sophie comfortable. It isn't that I took it personally.....I clearly know that I had nothing to do what happened to make her so mistrusting of humans. I was just despairing over my lack of skills and patience to wait months! A friend had just told me it might take a year.
This morning, I gambled $30 for a little bottle of cat pheromones which I sprayed 8" up from the floor on every furniture leg in Sophie's room. There's a noticeable difference! Sophie is now comfortable with me at 2 feet! I can move, even stand up, within 2 feet of her and she doesn't run away. Tonight I am going to spray it around for Miki in the hope that he will stop yowling and let me sleep. I wonder what would happen if I sprayed some on me?
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
The comment was made that only black and white cats were featured.....this comment having been made by a gray tabby named Elsa whose nose must have been a little out of joint. This blog is open to cats of color....yes, "tabby" is a color, and so is "calico".
This is Miki (Mikimoto), the Siamese male drama queen who has kept me awake every night since Sophie joined our household. Sophie, being shut in her own apartment, isn't even anywhere near him!
This is Rudy, the red Abyssinian. Sophie is smitten with him....Actually, everyone who meets him is smitten with him. I am, too. :-)
Monday, March 16, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
HRH Sophie is beautiful. She is lucky to have come to live with you. His royal highness Nigel has spent the afternoon in the bay window on his kitty couch threatening the birds that are slowly coming back to the bird feeder and soaking up the sunshine. Please don't tell him there is a plate glass window between him and the birds and they can't hear him. I think this is a wonderful idea. A place to talk about our favourite four legged ones.
According to author Ted Andrews of Animal Speaks, cats wild of domestic, have certain qualities in common. They are associated with myth and lore, magic and mystery. Nine lives, curiosity, independence, cleverness, unpredictability and healing. Those with this medicine should also study its color, size and breed for a deeper understanding.
Cats have more rods in the retinas of their eyes which enable them to see effectively in the dark. Since the cat is at home in the dark, it serves as a valuable ally into the world of the supernatural and the unknown and can help those with this totem move through their fears efficiently.
The energy field of a cat rotates in a counterclockwise direction. Because of this, cats have the ability to absorb and neutralize energy that affects humans in a negative way. This is part of the healing medicine that the cat holds.
This is her Royal Highness, Princess Sophie. I thought I'd pulled the name out of "thin air", and then days later realized that is the name of an online friend's black and white cat....a cat whom she adores!
My Sophie is thought to be under a year old. She is in love with Rudy, but still afraid of me. It's taking all the patience I can muster to not grab her and hug her. :-) But, I must wait until she is ready. We are making progress.....Now she purrs for me, not just for Rudy.
I am always wanting to write about my cats, and so I came up with the idea of a shared blog with other crazy cat ladies. :-)