January 3rd 2006 12:55 pm
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Hi everyone, Colby here. You might not be able to tell from looking at my pictures, but I'm a part feral cat, also known as a shy or scared cat. That's right, we don't always look that much different than other cats! My brother, Jack, and I lived in my mom's yard until she captured us at about 6 or 7 months of age. We've been in the house for over a year now, with a very loving and patient mom.
When we first came into the house, I was the more outgoing of the two of us. I'm not sure when all that changed, but it did, and in a big way. Jack is now almost like a normal old house cat. Not afraid of much, hardly runs from mom anymore. But me? Well, I'm still very afraid of everything. I still run from my mom most of the time and will only let her pick me up when I'm in certain places in the house. Like on her bed, in the window perch, or lying on the couch or chair.
But I got something really cool for Catmas. Santa Claws brought me a Magical Collar of Bravery. There is even a little charm with my name on it, and a series of numbers, which I assume is my serial number. This collar transfers magical powers to me that allow me to not be so scared. I've been coming in the kitchen more and when my mom holds her hand down to me, I'll sometimes walk up and smell her fingers and let her touch my nose. One day I even let her pick me up and give me hugs. She took me a little by surprise, but I was OK with it.
Since I got the collar, I've also been sleeping more up on the back of the couch and in the chair. I don't hide under the table as much any more, and I'm getting up on the bed every morning to ask for attention. I know I still have a really long way to go, but if I keep this up, I'm going to be as brave as Jack is before much longer!!
Thank you so much, Santa Claws, for giving me this Magical Collar of Bravery. And thank you, mom, for telling me over and over how handsome I look wearing it and how proud you are of me for being so brave. I want to be braver...I don't like being afraid!
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