Interesting day this as.. I tried to let Molly wade in some water because she kept watching me shower, but she didn't like it.. however, she decided that it was just an errant experiment on both our parts and once she fluffer her tail back up, was no worse for wear.
this evening before I came home, Jason said Molly walked right up to him, and sat beside him for a minute. Well Jason decided that this was an opportunity to pet... she skittered off.
but let me point out that that was the first time since we got her 2 months ago that she actually sat with either of us.. rather than skirted close to te TV and away from us. Later, she came out into the hallway and complained, as usual, sitting primly in the middle of the bathroom enterance, and meowled. Paige, for once, opted not to chase her, even after I let her go (she was upset for being held against her will.) we went out to dinner, and came back, and paige for once did not think that mommy's home meant "playfight with mommy's hands" and actually let me pet her for a few minutes before letting me know when enough was. Molly started her nightly meowing of forlorn-ness she was like to do since we got the feliway.. so we went in to see her and she was hunched up as usual under the bed.. staring at us detestfully. so.. I took peoples advice, and grabbed our one picture book (terry Pratchett's the last hero" and started up reading aloud. Not only did molly loll out under the bed (all sprawled out on her side, listening intently to me, and even looking at me!), something we'd never seen her do... but when Paige went under the bed to see Molly, she only hissed when paige came within 6 inches of her (when normally 2 feet is close enough)
Now, admittedly, she left, to eat and do her duties, but when she came back, she meowled to be read to, so I continued. I read to them for a full hour, and when i was tired of reading (we're getting through it, I'm not just reading to them random crap, I actually like the story) she meowled for more, and when she didn't get her way, she walked into the living room and sat under Jason's chair. Well I went out.. and she let me walk close to her.. let me talk to her.. let me crouch down (without meowing like a cornered well ..cat.. mind you) and even lay on my belly and pet her. of course after a minute, she was like .. "that's enough".. but she waited for me to get up before running to the bedroom. Also, while I was reading .. Paige fell asleep in the corner of the room, which she normally hates to be in because of Molly.
So I think this is progress!! Jason is happy and he's actually offering to read to us all three (since I'm reading last hero to the three of them) so I think that this may be a family routine soon.
I think the feliway makes cats more responsive to the treatments we are taught to use here for a stressed or feral cats, such as the reading or the sitting with, and whatever it is you can do to make them feel more comfortable is the actual part that makes them better, not neccesarily the feliway itself, although, I don't think I would have broken down her little shell half as fast by just talking or reading alone. she wouldn't move with us there before.. so .. all in all so far i suggest it, as long as other things are gone along with it. I don't think it's nearly as successful if you plug it in and then walk away like the problem is going to fix itself.
we'll see what the next 3.5 weeks hold, then.