With our household of critters having expanded to include three cats and a dog, I thought it fitting to join a meme related to pets. After searching around, I came across Awww….. Mondays. The one rule is: “Post a picture that makes you say Awww…. and that’s it.” Every photo seemed to feature a pet and so the meme is a perfect fit!
In my last post, I told you that Cinder had been the one who had to most adjust to the new family members. Let’s not forget how many changes that Bootsie faced too. After all, she spent her life growing up outdoors. She initially lived at the grandstands of our state’s fairground and then later in a shrub of trees near a ditch. While having people in the vicinity might have helped her become more friendly, neither location prepared her for being a household cat.
When Bootsie first came to our home, to help her adjust, we kept her confined to our library. While she did enjoy exploring our chair and desk and window, Bootsie also appreciated being able to hide under our furniture and covered beds. After several days, we decided to challenge her by blocking access to places where only she could crawl.
Bootsie in turn decided to ask for access to the rest of the house. Her first venture didn’t turn out well. Bootsie retreated behind a recliner for hours. Her second attempt, she fared much better. Bootsie sniffed one room at a time and eventually found open surfaces on which she liked to rest such as the bottom ledge of a cat tower or the seat of a chair.
Of course, indoor life includes more than being able to live within four enclosed walls. For example, there’s the small matter of playtime and toys. A cat who grows up outside can’t allow itself the luxury of letting down its guard. Everywhere there might be dangers that could hurt or even kill. With this life past her, Bootsie could gradually begin to relax. And so she discovered there are plush mice to bat and danglers to chase. Oh, and an octopus to defeat.
You didn’t think a cat’s life was all about sleep, did you? One day, my husband was throwing around some of our dog’s plush toys for the critters. Bootsie cautiously sniffed a blue plush octopus. Then she slowly pushed it. Before we knew it, she was rolling around with the octopus, tossing it into the air, and enjoying an adventure. Andy quipped, “Wherever Bootsie goes, she’ll be able to tell cats everywhere about her battle with an octopus.”
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