Arrival Story: A couple I worked with had a kitten who surprised them by going into her first heat and getting pregnant on New Year's Eve, 1994. They found homes for all her kittens and had her spayed.
I gave one of the kittens to my elderly parents.
In January 2011, my mother passed on, and, until November 20, 2011, Bootsie was living alone at her house--that's when we took him into our home, in spite of my concerns over an elderly declawed cat living with a prey-oriented rat terrier.
MY SONG:"FOR ONCE IN 2011"
FOR ONCE IN 2011, I have someone who needs me,
Someone I've needed so long.
For once, unafraid, I can go where life leads me,
And somehow I know I'll be strong.
For once I can touch what my heart used to dream of,
Long before I knew,
Someone warm like you
Would make my dreams come true!
FOR ONCE IN 2011, I won't let sorrow hurt me,
Not like it hurt me before.
For once, I have something I know won't desert me,
I'm not alone anymore.
For once, I can say, this is mine, you can't take it!
As long as I know I have love, I can make it!
FOR ONCE IN 2011, I have someone who needs me!
When I came to my new home on 11-20-11, I was glad to be among humans again, but I was very skittish. The first few days, I spent a lot of time under the bed whenever my humans were around, and they always gave me the space. I would come out and sit in the room with them, but every sudden movement or sneeze sent me flying back to my room and the safety of underneath the bed.
That Mama-gal had read or heard somewhere that to reassure skittish animals, one should always keep one's back to the animal when moving around. OMC, did I get a laugh out of that! That Mama-gal would sidle along with her face to the wall whenever she passed me :))! As time went on, and after she had twice stepped on my paws, she realized that if I was staying close enough to her to get stepped on twice, I was confident enough now for her to turn around and face me when walking past :))!
As time went on, I relaxed enough to sleep--even on my back--next to her, and to allow ample petting. She learned what kind of petting I most enjoyed. She rearranged my furniture, etc, in ways that made me happy. :c9
Yes, it has been a year of getting close to humans again and making a new and comfortable life for myself. :)
The humans finally sold my old house, where last year I lived alone, after the Gram-Gram passed on.
The humans had left the furniture in the house, so that buyers wouldn't look at an unfurnished house.
Now they brought some of the furniture to my new house.
One of the big comfy chairs came upstairs. It is my pink chair.
The first day I only sniffed at it, but the second day I decided I love it! I lie on it! I claw at it! I even chase my tail on it!
(And the humans have never before seen me chase my tail in this house!)
I love my pink chair!
I wonder if that Mama-gal will be able to figure out how to fit another of my old chairs into the bedroom, since I love this one so much!
In my previous diary entry, I mentioned how I would not lie on my side in my new humans' presence, until the first time that mama-gal petted me with the TV remote.
But after that, I was too careful to ever assume that position again!
When I first arrived here, I would sit in the "fur-ball" position, but with my front legs pointing out, in case I needed to make a quick escape.
And I wanted to be in the same room with the humans, but always near the door.
After a few weeks, I began to "fur-ball" with my legs tucked beneath me. I also began to sit closer to my humans.
Then I began to "fur-ball" on the bed with that mama-gal while she slept or read.
Two weeks ago, I finally did it--I lay down on my side, curled up, and went to sleep---right next to my human!!!!!
Now I sleep in that position more and more often, and sometimes almost on my back! I am beginning to get much more comfortable here!