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06 October 2009 @ 12:04 am
Kitty Psychodrama  
Heidi (in userpic) has never been much of a cuddly cat -- she'll let her human pet her, but doesn't like to be picked up and held. It took her a few years to accept starmalachite as one of her people (she was smart enough to figure out that the influx of strange cats into a formerly one-cat household was Her Fault).

However, she seems to be mellowing out in middle age....

Before I got home, she was soliciting attention from starmalachite (and not for the usual ONOZ I SEE THE BOTTOM OF MY FOOD DISH reason). Later, after we we got home from the dance group meeting and dinner, she let starmalachite hold her and even relaxed into it.

This made Vir (the tabby-point Siamese) jealous. He started complaining about the injustice of it all, and capped it off by ostentatiously jumping up onto Heidi's favorite perching spot on top of the rolltop desk and giving the humans his Tragic Neglected Face.

Oh, the injustice of not having the humans' undivided attention....
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starmalachite: Vir's 1st Birthdaystarmalachite on October 6th, 2009 05:50 am (UTC)
What was really unusual isn't that Heidi let me hold her -- I'd long since trained her to accept that by making it the price for refilling her food dish. The odd part was that 1st she flirted with me, then when I picked her up she tolerated it for somewhere between 7 & 10 minutes (a new record) while going progressively more boneless.

This ended when Vir planted himself in her line of sight & started kvetching. Being even smarter than Heidi, he then drove home his point by co-opting *her* favorite petting perch.

Edited at 2009-10-06 05:51 am (UTC)
Catkatrinb on October 6th, 2009 11:33 pm (UTC)
Funny. When Sugar's getting attention and Hops wants some, he'll come over and make submissive "I love you, Big Cat!" gestures towards Sugar, progressively edging him out of the central human-petting space while always behaving in a "proper" Beta-Cat-towards-Alpha-Cat mode.