Key Traits: Talkative & a Keen Investigator
Make That Two Cats
Meet another star of my cat blog. Pickles was adopted from our local Humane Society. I spotted him on the Petfinder website as I searched through the cats “just for fun” one day. An adorable long-haired orange kitten with beautiful eyes. I had already committed to adopting our cat Lovey, and I had a pretty good idea my already reluctant husband certainly didn’t want me bringing home two cats.
“I’ll Just stop by and see that sweet little kitten”, I told myself. Self deception I think it’s called. On the day I was to pick up lovey from her foster home, I left early, and stopped by the Humane Society. They put me in a room and brought in an adorable baby kitten known as Pickles. You can guess how it went from there. I found myself on the way to bring lovey home with a cardboard box containing a kitten already in tow. (By the way, I did call and talk to my husband about it. He’s an animal lover, and it wasn’t hard to get him on board.)
The very adult, and happily aloof Lovey was not interested in having a baby cat following her around. But no matter how many times she snubbed Pickles the kitten, he would not be deterred. He is the only cat I’ve ever seen her allow to snuggle up next to her. I think he wore her out with his constant tagging along.
Pickle is the self declared king of the mountain as a general rule. Most days, the entire feline family is perfectly happy to let him take the lead. (Keed in mind we all know Lovey is the real big kahuna at the end of the day.)
Pickle is a bold and regal cat. Where some kitty cats may carefully squeeze through a crack in the doorway, Pickle uses his paw to open that door as wide as can be prior to making his grand entrance. Just in case you missed his debut, he’ll let out a few good meows and be certain your alerted to this important event.
There is a Problem Here People
When he’s not making grand entrances, he’s usually found making his rounds. Checking out every nook and cranny of the house for possible intruders, rule violations or other improprieties. Thus one of our favorite nicknames; the sentinel. Nothing gets by this detective, and you’re sure to hear all about it. Sofa moved to a different wall? Somebody knocked over a plant? Litter box mishap perhaps? Yep. Pickle will give you some not so subtle indicators that something is amiss. Until the issue is corrected, we hear about it.
In or Out?
Once upon a time all four of our cats were indoors only. For years, not a single paw touched the grass. Eventually as the years passed, it became obvious I would need to let up on this strict policy. I’ll go into all the details in a future post. Anyways, Pickle is still an indoor cat. Typically when you let a cat outdoors for the first time they are hesitant and cautiously take those first few steps onto the porch. Pickle on the other hand set right off to the next door neighbors house to confront their cat. After all, he had watched out the window many times as this cat had the audacity to stroll around in our yard. So, due to Pickle’s affinity for being a bit of a trouble maker, he remains an indoor only cat.
Any of these behaviors remind you of your own feline friend? I’d love hear all about it. Go ahead and leave a comment. You know you want to.
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