Key Traits: Aloof and Disinterested
The Last Minute Death Row Pardon
Off we go with cat blog intro number one. To understand the cat that is today lovey, you must first understand her past. Now I don’t know anything at all about her first year. No baby kitten photos for this girl. The vet guessed her to be about 1 year old when I adopted her.
Here’s what I do know. Lovey (Or Luvy, my unfortunate odd spelling on her engraved tags for some reason) was scooped up from a county animal shelter on the day she was to be euthanized. An area animal rescue group that specializes in “last chance” scenarios saved her life. She was placed in a foster home with a volunteer. Unfortunately she became the 13th cat to reside in the home’s small basement bedroom.
Quirks and the Failure to Socialize
The amateur animal psychologist in me tends to think this is the reason for some odd behaviors she now exhibits. For instance, she will stand at the food bowl and eat her kitty kibble until she vomits. Sometimes after vomiting she will continue to eat. I think perhaps having 13 cats clamoring at the food bowl in the tiny space gave her this habit. I don’t know if other cats do this, but she’s the only one of the four in my house that I’ve seen this with.
Odd behavior numeral two is a complete lack of interest in any interaction with other cats. While my other feline friends have great debates about pecking order, group play sessions and seem to be their own “cat council” of sorts, Lovey happily ignores all of these social opportunities. She is determined to pretend each of the three other felines do not exist. They are essentially invisible to her. Therefore, the cats have all settled on a mutual respect. Lovey is the biggest, oldest, and grouchiest, and Pickles, Bandit and Grace have discovered she can be nasty when disturbed.
The Boy Grows Up
As I’ve explained before, Lovey was chosen by my son when he was a young boy of about 5 or 6. He is 16 now, and they are still the best of friends. She seems to know instinctively that she is his cat. She will sit for hours near him as he plays video games or watches whatever annoying male teenage type show is on the TV. (Think crude bathroom humor, real stunts gone wrong clips, movies with major special effects. Sometimes it’s a combination of all three.) I think it’s kind of sweet really. Even when he tries to play it cool, she won’t have it. He is her best buddy, and it is not up for negotiation. Lovey only got upset at her best buddy one time. It was when he made her give up a live chipmunk she had been happily tormenting in our basement. I’ll share that story in another post. It was quite a hectic series of events.
Queen of the jungle
(Sounds more exotic than queen of a subdivision yard in the suburbs, don’t you think?)
Lovey is also the only cat who prefers to spend more time outside than in. Now, before you start giving me that lecture and assuming I’m a horrible cat mom listen up; My cats were all indoors only for many years. The long journey to two of the cats going outside part-time was not something I took lightly or failed to research and speak with our vet about. I will share all the twists and turns of that bumpy ride with you all in a future post. With that said, Lovey is outside probably 60-75% of the time by choice. She will come in and eat, and then meow loudly at the door until someone lets her back out. I am not sure what her fascination is out there. I’m in Michigan, and even after a snow storm she will want to bound out into the freezing cold, leaping through the depths of snow like a whitetail deer.
So my fellow cat enthusiasts, now you know a bit more about the loyal and slightly neurotic cat who is known as Lovey.
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