Monday, November 19, 2012

I continue to be amazed!

Pwincess never ceases to amaze me! She is on the couch next to me *every* day now! She even gave me a brief purr while stroking her tummy! But, the final gift of acceptance came last week; she groomed my hand! She was looking at me earlier as I was playing "Zuma" on the PS3, as if to say "Hey! You haven't told the world how much more I've been showing you that I love you!". I promised her I would write as soon as I finished the level I was on. So, here I am! And she is now looking at me contentedly, while her brothers try to convince Alan and I to feed them early (even after getting snacks this afternoon!).

This beautiful girl fills my heart with joy every single day. She shows the world that if you are willing to be extra-patient, kind and loving, a feral cat or dog can feel secure in their environment. Not all of them will turn into lap cats/dogs, and they will still have some fears. Pwincess still doesn't like to be picked up, and still requires some 'sacred space' from time to time. But, the effort is well worth it.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Quality time with a Pwincess

When it comes to socializing, feral cats require extra patience and effort. But, it is well worth it!

Pwincess is the feral girl we took in back in April 2010. She continues to expand her comfort level around us, and it's an amazing and beautiful thing to see.

One thing I noticed, is that she's much more interested in snuggling with the humans if she has an easy 'escape' outlet, should she feel scared (or bored). So, I moved my sitting spot on the couch to the middle, while Alan remains on the left side. I saw an immediate result in that she was spending more time on the couch with just Alan there. She also seems to prefer sitting on my fleece jacket (cats and fleece, what can I say?), so I put it there, ready to be muffined at will. This also increased her choice of being on the couch with a human there.

Over a couple of weeks time, I started sitting between Pwincess and Alan when I got up in the mornings. At first, she wouldn't stay, although she didn't bolt either. Then, she started staying where she was! She would carefully observe me, to make sure she wasn't going to be ambushed, then she would close her eyes and go back to napping. Now when I sit down, she barely raises an eyelid! She is sitting next to me now, in the cinnamon-bun position (cat yoga), snoozing away. It makes me tear up on some days, just knowing how far she has come. I still don't think she will ever be a lap cat, but I'll take my kitty love from her as she's willing to give it.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

You ish herez!!

My wonderful step-daughter is visiting us for a couple of months, and the meows are happy that she's here! Punkin' has already been asking for playtime, trying to eat her food, and generally just being, well, Punkin'. The others remember her scent, and are simply going about business as usual. We broke out the laser toy, and actually managed to tire Punkin' out for a bit. She didn't nap, but just stretched out on the hall floor, watching and waiting for the funny red dot to make another appearance. Even Pwincess got in on the action for a brief period. Bean, who was comfortable in the kitty cave with Kirby, had his head poked out, watching with anticipation. But, alas, he was too comfy to come down and play. Maybe next time!

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Saturday, April 7, 2012

Happy Birfday Oma!

Friday, April 6th was my wonderful MIL's birthday. To brighten her day, Punkin' decided to make a very special birthday video in order to wish her a happy birthday.

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Seventh Kitty Heaven

Jelly Bean has been really affectionate lately, coming to me for belly rubs several times a day. But, this morning's request was utterly hilarious! He was by my side of the futon, looking up at me, and as I reached down to scratch his head, I noticed that Kirby was on top of him, doing the Top Cat dance. Jelly Bean is just lying on the floor like nothing else is going on. He keeps moving his head closer to my hand, while Kirby keeps trying to maintain a hold on Jelly Beans scruff. Then the *really* funny part begins: Jelly Bean is trying to roll over so that I can rub his belly, and Kirby keeps rolling him back the other way so that he can continue the Top Cat dance! The look on Jelly Bean's face was priceless; he had a look of utter contentment, and that all was right in his world. He was in kitty seventh heaven! Sadly, I did not have my phone video camera nearby, but it was great fun to watch and participate in. It's a great moment during a busy weekend!

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Mommy, You Haven't Written About Us In A While!!

Yes, I'll admit it. I have let other things get in the way of writing about my beloved meows. But, after some serious antics that demand I share them, I am getting back to the joy of sharing my meows with the world!

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Friday, January 27, 2012

Watching The Squirrel Channel

I went into our bedroom to change into some sweatpants, and noticed Punkin' and Pwincess in the window. They both were in the ready-to-attack-my-prey position, eyes firmly focused on something. They were so occupied by something outside, that neither noticed me creep around to see what the excitement was about.

I saw a bushy squirrel tail flicking around, with the squirrel looking at the window, then turn around and flick his tail. This went on for almost 15 minutes, and I was giggling the whole time. Even though I was giggling out loud, they were completely oblivious to my presence. If the window shade wasn't down, I could've gotten a great picture! Ah well, the image will forever live in my memory.

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