The past few weeks have been quite busy, and, regretfully, I have been unable to post.
My niece and nephew visited this week from Hawaii. I hadn’t seen them in 4 years, so I was shocked to see how much they’ve grown. Gorgeous children! Three out of five of the cats they knew from their last visit have crossed the Rainbow Bridge. Josie was quite sad. However, she was delighted to make some new feline friends this week.
Tuesday evening Josie visited our kitties. My sis is allergic to cats, so Josie can’t have a cat of her own. So, she was able to get out some love for kitties she bottled up over the years. Boots was the first to greet her. I knew he would be. He mewed at her and rubbed his head against her hand. She was little nervous at first, but I gave her a quick lesson on feline body language and she relaxed. At one point Boots rolled over and showed his belly. Josie was so excited. She said, “Aunt Colleen! Look! Boots loves me now!”
Castiel ran back and forth a few times through the apartment. When he saw there wasn’t anything to be nervous about, he relaxed around Josie. Castiel kept giving her headbutts and rubbing against her leg, purring. Once Josie and Castiel were friends, she moved on to the next cat.
Pandora loved Josie. She rolled around on the bathroom rug begging Josie for bellyrubs. Pandora is very affectionate with people, but not so much with other cats. Josie gave her lots of pets and some water drips from the bathtub. Pandora was in heaven!
Prometheus hid. Yes, he hid. Of all the cats, I thought he would be one of the outgoing ones. Propro proved me wrong. He saw her enter the living room and wobble-ran to the bedroom. He stayed under there with Ishtar for most of the evening.
Orlox couldn’t really have been bothered. He let her pet him, gave her a couple of headbutts, then walked away for a nap.
Icarus was frightened at first. However, once Josie got the laser pointer out, he was her best friend. Prometheus came out a couple of times when he heard Icarus playing with Josie, but once he saw Josie, he went back under the bed. Icarus let Josie hold him and sat on her lap for a while!
Ishtar stayed under the bed while Josie was around. She seemed content there when I checked on her. I knew she would be nervous.
The next couple of days, Josie came downstairs to our apartment to play with our cats. They were used to her by yesterday (her last day in this area of NJ) and all of them except Ishtar came out to say hello to her.
Wednesday morning my mom, Josie, and Marquis came to the START II shelter to see the animals. Jodi and I made sure that they were only interacting with very friendly cats and dogs. Houdini absolutely loved Josie. He put his paws on her shoulders and gave her kisses on her face! He then tried to make himself cozy in her lap, but she wasn’t sitting correctly for optimal lap time.
I introduced Josie to Wobbles (April). She said that Wobbles’ story was so sad. Wobbles loved the attention from Josie. She was flopping around in her cage, purring like a motorboat, and giving lots of kisses! Josie said, “All she wants is to be loved. You should adopt her, Aunt Colleen, because you would take good care of her. You take really good care of your cats and you love your cats. And she needs a good home and lots of love.”
During lunch yesterday, Josie told Ron what she said to me. We’ll see if we have a new addition to the family in the coming weeks.