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!
There’s a little bit of me in all my cats. Let’s start with Cinder! She’s an interesting mix of reclusive and social. Of all our cats, Cinder is the most difficult to find when she wants to be alone. I don’t know where she tucks herself, but we can look high and low and in all her favorite haunts, and that Cinder will be nowhere. Similarly, if I want to be alone, I can find the most obscure and least obvious places to hide. Even when she’s out-and-about, Cinder tends to keep more to herself than our other cats. A few times in the day, she’ll retreat to the basement. There I can hear her collar jangle as she roams, and eventually I hear her meow like a person singing in the shower. When upstairs, Cinder is most often in another room. If she does stay with us, it’s rarely where we are; instead she’s sits in a high spot and quietly watches our every move. Similarly, there are times at home when I like to retreat to the bathtub to read, think, and dream. At socials, I might be the one with a book or notepad. Being an observer can be more comfortable than being part of the picture. Moreover, if part of a group on an outing, I tend to fall behind or plow ahead, set in finding my own path.
At the same time, Cinder’s the only one of our cats who consistently greets me at the door when I return from an outing or my job. She’ll sniff my entire face over, as if living vicariously through me. Even when visitors come to the door, Cinder’s the first other than our dog to greet them. Although she’ll outright reject hugs and snuggles (and so we’ve dubbed her our autistic child), Cinder will let visitors stroke her and even reward them with purrs. Our pet sitters report that during their visits, Cinder enjoys their brushing her, playing with her, and otherwise pampering her. Perhaps when living at Hearts United for Animals, and meeting many prospective adopters, Cinder learned the importance of welcoming people, even if she’s at heart an introvert. In that way, I’d say we’re also similar. Over the years, I’ve read plenty of books about how to overcome shyness, and pushed myself often to meet new people. In time, I came to enjoy broadening my circle of friends, and hope that Cinder herself derives some pleasure from her extroverted moments.
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