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My brave kitty

post #1 of 24
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I've had Bailey for about 2 1/2 years (and she's probably 5 or 6 years old now). She has always been a timid cat, very wary of new situations. She loves being picked up and petted, but won't sit on a lap. To get to my shoulder when I am sitting on the couch, she has to leap up on the arm, to the back and then down to my shoulder.

She has been especially fearful of the bedroom. She will sit outside the door, staring at me in bed, but wouldn't come in. Or, if I picked her up and sat on the bed with her, as soon as I let go, she fled. I put her basket outside the door so she could keep watch.

In the last month or so, she started sleeping at the foot of my bed. Sometime during the night, she will run down the hallway, leap on the bed, and settle in at the bottom corner nearest the door. She sleeps with her two front paws hanging over the end of the bottom rail, for a quick getaway. But she finally got to the point where, if I got up, she would even stay there alone.

Today I had a headache, and went back to bed. I heard her meow, then jump on the bed. But this time, she didn't stop at the foot, she walked all the way up the side of the bed, over pillows and a duvet which usually really scare her, and plunked herself down beside me. But that wasn't good enough, she climbed right on top of me, and settled in to sleep curled up on my chest.

I am so proud of her, that was a first! My theory is that she has watched Sam do that every night, and finally had the nerve to try it herself.

Now, I just have to teach her that her butt shouldn't be in my face.
post #2 of 24
I think she was feeling your pain. You have been so gentle and patient with her and now it was her turn to return the favor. She gave you a little TLC.
post #3 of 24
Congratulations to you and Bailey. What a brave girl and a special moment for the two of you!
post #4 of 24
I really believe they know when we're hurting. She overcame her fear in order to play "nurse" to her meowmy.
post #5 of 24
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Originally Posted by jcat
I really believe they know when we're hurting. She overcame her fear in order to play "nurse" to her meowmy.
awwww! totally! yay for you and Bailey!
post #6 of 24
Congratulations!!!! I am so glad that your baby gave you so much love when you weren't feeling well.... Good luck on the whole butt issue!!!!
post #7 of 24
That's so sweet that she overcame her fear to comfort you.
post #8 of 24
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Originally Posted by consumercity
That's so sweet that she overcame her fear to comfort you.
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post #9 of 24
Thread Starter 
You know, I hadn't thought of it that way. But once before, when I had a really bad headache, Sam curled up beside my pillow and licked my forehead. I know they can tell when we're hurting.

I just thought she was taking the opportunity to venture into Sam's territory when he wasn't there.
post #10 of 24
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Originally Posted by jcat
I really believe they know when we're hurting. She overcame her fear in order to play "nurse" to her meowmy.
Isn't that awesome, when they do that!
post #11 of 24
Thats wonderful news!!
post #12 of 24
Yay! I am happy for you, there is no better feeling than cuddles like that. But I wouldnt hold my breath on the butt not being in your face, I can bodily shove Conner and he will just push further against me, it's hopeless. They do what they want and everything else in life is just detail.
post #13 of 24
That is so sweet. Congrats to Bailey on overcoming her fear so she could comfort you.
post #14 of 24
Yay, Bailey! How sweet of her to help you feel better!

When Festie puts her butt in my face, I just blow a little puff of air at her-it isn't enought to stop her from doing it again, but she always moves her butt away when I do that. (And she likes her butt right in my face! Not near, but right there!)
post #15 of 24
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Originally Posted by Sammie5
Now, I just have to teach her that her butt shouldn't be in my face.
You have to take the very good with the bad.
post #16 of 24
That is so cool for kitty...

My cat Princess used to hide under the bed all the time. Now at night when I go in there she will come lay with me until my husband comes to bed. Then on the weekend in the morning she will come up and nudge me when she thinks it's time for me to get up.
post #17 of 24
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Originally Posted by snosrap5
I think she was feeling your pain. You have been so gentle and patient with her and now it was her turn to return the favor. She gave you a little TLC.

oh yes! I agree! What a sweetie she is!
....I understand about the butt thing, too.
post #18 of 24
Thread Starter 
Another big moment for brave Bailey girl today. When I sit on the couch, she sits on the floor beside me, and stares at me. But she is frightened of jumping up, for some reason, and won't sit on a lap. She will let me pick her up, and snuggle her against my shoulder, but the closest she gets to jumping on my lap is to leap on the arm of the couch, and then head butt me from behind. (The couch has very high arms).

For the past few days, she would get very very brave and stand with her front paws on the side of the couch. Today, she made the big jump. She was kind of awkward, aiming for my shoulder, but she did it! Still wouldn't sit on my lap, but she leapt right into my arms so I could snuggle her.

Oh, and although she's my little girl cat, compared to Sam, she's a hefty 13 1/2 pounds, so that is not exactly a delicate leap from the floor to my arms.
post #19 of 24
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Originally Posted by Sammie5
Another big moment for brave Bailey girl today. When I sit on the couch, she sits on the floor beside me, and stares at me. But she is frightened of jumping up, for some reason, and won't sit on a lap. She will let me pick her up, and snuggle her against my shoulder, but the closest she gets to jumping on my lap is to leap on the arm of the couch, and then head butt me from behind. (The couch has very high arms).

For the past few days, she would get very very brave and stand with her front paws on the side of the couch. Today, she made the big jump. She was kind of awkward, aiming for my shoulder, but she did it! Still wouldn't sit on my lap, but she leapt right into my arms so I could snuggle her.

Oh, and although she's my little girl cat, compared to Sam, she's a hefty 13 1/2 pounds, so that is not exactly a delicate leap from the floor to my arms.
Way to go Bailey girl.

I have two cats that are shoulder cats rather than lap cats. Though they pretty much take it for granted that I will hold them when they jump up.

Congrats on another mile-stone.

Jana
post #20 of 24
That's so wonderful! What a sweet kitty to overcome her fear in order to comfort you - yay for Bailey!
post #21 of 24
I suffer from chronic pain and YY purrs exactly where it hurts. As a physician, the scientist in me wants to question this but I think there is much more to purring than we know!!!
post #22 of 24
Thread Starter 
I've told this story here before, but not for a while.

I work in retail, and one day a man came in, with numerous tics and agitated mannerisms. I think he was suffering from something like Tourette's, but very very severe, he had trouble even getting a word out. I was very patient, but as he tried to talk to me, he just got worse and worse, and couldn't even stand still.

Sam was in the store with me, as he is many days. And in the four years I have had him, this is the ONLY time he's done this. He walked over to the man, watched him for a minute, then very very gently stood with his front paws on the man's thigh, as high as he could reach, very very gently, and shoved his head under the man's hand. Not stretching like if he were scratching, just reached up and stood there, very calmly, rubbing his head on the man's hand.

The man immediately calmed down, patted Sam, said "cute cat" (the first clear words he had been able to get out), and then was able to carry on with his questions, most of his agitation gone.

I was simply amazed. I know that cats can sense all sorts of things that we don't, the only explanation I can think of is that they see our auras.
post #23 of 24
Bailey's one awesome kitty! That's great news!

Though getting her to keep her butt out of your face may pose a tough challenge. I have NO clue why they do that.
post #24 of 24
That sure was nice of Bailey!

Cats, and dogs too, have a funny way of sensing when something's wrong with their owner, ya know? My puppy dog, Thunder , died at 3:00 AM one morning, and that's when I had had CJ for a couple of weeks... well, I found my puppy dog, and I was very upset. I was crying and crying, and while my parnets went to take him away, my mom told me to go in my room and play with CJ while they removed him. I was in there, and I sat down on the floor, and just broke down and started crying, and CJ, who is normally playful no matter what, strolled gently up to me, climbed straight into my arms, which was unusual, and let me hug her. As she was close to my face, she started to lick my tears away, and she just sat in my lap the whole time I was in there. She was there for me, and I just love her to pieces for that! Cats are very attentive to their owners, as I have learned. They are just full of love!
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