|Purred: Fri Jan 7, '11 9:20am PST |
|In my experience cats remain big balls of love for life, but the love matures in such a way that they mostly seek to be loved on their terms. That's certainly true for most cats I've known, as well as my kitty Gracie. I think that's part and parcel of loving cats, to know that they're not necessarily outwardly affectionate (and yet when I was pregnant Gracie was usually the one to come up to me when I was feeling sick or sad, and would paw at me as if to say "it's ok mommy, I still love you!")
Boris is kind of an oddball: he's shameless in his attention seeking behavior and can definitely be picked up off the floor and loved on (and actually enjoys being scooped up and loved on!), whereas most other cats my husband and I have ever done this to fight to be put back down on the floor!
We joke that the only explanation for it is that Boris is part siamese, and part dog. While we know how special that is, it can also get suffocating to have a cat who always seeks some reassurance of love from his humans. I have to admit that when Boris pesters me for love at 5 AM, or while I'm trying to take care of my human baby, I do kind of get annoyed at that, in a "I'm sorry, I already spent a half hour petting you while the baby was asleep, you had to know that when she wakes up I gotta pay attention to her!" way.
Edited by author Fri Jan 7, '11 9:24am PST
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