Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Goldie

This cat . . . Golden Boy or Golden Girl, I still don't know which . . . has taken to one of our chairs virtually every morning for his/her cat nap. This morning when I arose I looked out and there he/she was. So I carefully went out and walked down the ramp, right past the cat's chair and sat down in an adjoining one, just a couple of feet away. Goldie . . . as I have taken to calling him/her . . . watched me but showed no fear and didn't move from his/her spot. After a bit I reached out one hand slowly and let him/her take a sniff, then touched him/her briefly on the forehead. Goldie then lay his/her head down and closed his/her eyes. After a little more sitting quietly, I got up. Goldie watched me as I approached, again put my hand down for a sniff, then lightly scratched the top of his/her head and finally petted him/her on the back several times and touched his/her cheeks (where their sense organs are located). Goldie again showed no fear or alarm, closing his/her eyes and stretching his/her neck. I guess now we are pals.

The next step is a careful examination to determine the gender. This he/she, him/her, his/hers bit is becoming tiresome!

13 comments:

  1. I think you are on your way to having another cat.

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  2. This man . . . Bare skin with gray hair or gray hair with bare skin, I still don't know which ... has overcome his initial shyness and finally come out his house while I laid non-threateningly in my chair.

    This morning while I slept I looked up and there he was, looking like he was finally ready to venture outdoors. I carefully stayed still as he slowly walked down the ramp, right past my chair and sat down in an adjoining one, just a couple of feet away.

    Gray man . . . as I have taken to calling him . . . watched me but showed no fear and didn't move from his spot. After a bit he reached out one hand slowly and let me take a sniff, then touched me briefly on the forehead. I then laid my head down and closed my eyes, dreaming of eventual meals to come. After a little more sitting quietly, he got up.

    I watched calmly as he approached, trying not to startle him, and again sniffed his hand, which had the pleasant scent of other cats and soap(!).

    He then lightly scratched the top of my head and finally petted me on the back several times and touched my cheeks (where they think my sense organs are located for some reason). I again showed no fear or alarm, closing my eyes and stretching my neck.

    I guess now we are pals. I plan to take things slowly, I don't want to needlessly scare him by entering his burrow too soon.

    Smoke was right, this may be easier than I thought. Gray man already seems quite domesticated and friendly, and thats a good sign.

    -- Goldie

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  3. Q.D. - I think you meant Goldie is on his/her way to having another feeder!

    Warren - Very clever!!

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  4. Well put, Warren. We'll see how this situation evolves.

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  5. He/Her looks terrified of you. Not.

    Go for it. Cat looks well fed and comfy...and if he/she is sitting on his/hers chair he/she is already got yours/hers smell in the old memory bank.

    Did I get that right? I got lost in there....I can see the necessity in determining gender if that relationship is going to continue.

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  6. You've been adopted!
    Congratulations :)

    He/she is beautiful.

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  7. Julie - C'mon, gimmee some support here!

    M.I. - You think YOU'RE confused???

    Willow - Yes, he/she is.

    Dawn - Now just wait a minute!!!

    (But I agree. He/She IS beautiful.

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  8. Now if you could get a squirrel to do that, I'd be impressed. Pick it up and turn it over and spread the back legs. It's that simple. Best wear some meat cutting gloves when you do it.

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  9. Lucy - I agree. And you wouldn't expect that from an ENGINEER!!!

    Steve - Y'know, since that day I petted him/her, he/she hasn't been back.

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  10. Obviously he/she is setting up a backup meal outlet, just in case the current one dries up! It sure is a beautiful cat.
    Warren gets a Gold Star!

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  11. I don't know, Meggie, I haven't seen him/her for a couple of days.

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