When we welcomed the newest member of our household, Specter, into our home, we knew she was very, very young, and (sadly) should have still been with her mother. And yet, though I expected an immature attitude from this little one, she also seems wise beyond her weeks.
Here are five reasons why this baby cat seems like she’s already lived nine lives.
1. She is not scared of anyone
Despite being smaller and lighter than most of my shoes, this kitten thinks she can kick ass. When confronted with other animals, she puts her back up and refuses to back down. The first time she met Ghost Cat, she stood on the stairs like a statue, trying to make herself appear as big as possible. She hissed as ferociously as someone her size can and stared Ghost Cat down. In the end, Ghost Cat was the one who ran away from little Specter.
2. She knows how and when to make friends
It obviously wasn’t love at first sight, but over the course of time and slow follow-up meetings, Specter decided she’d changed her mind about Ghost Cat and extended a tiny paw in friendship. The little fluff ball seems to have developed a bit of a crush, and chases my bigger baby around whenever the two meet. She also allows Ghost Cat to groom her, perhaps knowing that a little licking would strengthen the new friendship.
3. She accessorizes like an old lady
She’s got her own blankets, but Specter seems to prefer one of my scarves for both sleeping and getting dressed up. I don’t know if it’s the color or the floral pattern that does it for her, but Specter has laid claim to this accessory, which would not look out of place at a seniors center.
4. She helps with home projects
Whether we’re painting or mounting flatscreens, this little helper always makes sure she’s around when it’s time to tackle something around the house. The sound of the drill brings her running, and unlike Ghost Cat (who had a get a bit of a haircut) Specter has never brushed up against wet paint. She’s like an adorable supervisor on our construction site.
5. She knows when to ask for help
She may not be scared of anything, but Specter does know when she’s in too deep (or in this case, up too high), and she’s not too embarrassed to say so. Sometimes she just needs a human hand to help her down from a high shelf, and she lets us know by yelling at the top of her little lungs. On other occasions, she’s just yelling because she needs a warm place to cuddle, and her humans are happy to help then, too.
Have you ever had a kitten who seemed to have highly developed emotional intelligence at an early age, or mastered skills an older cat could not? Let us know in the comments!
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About the author: Heather Marcoux is Ghost Cat’s mom. She is also a wife, writer and former TV journalist. Some of her friends have hidden her feed because of an excess of cat pictures. If you don’t mind cat pictures, you can follow her on Twitter; she also posts GIFs of her cat on Google +.