Elliot is wary of strangers. He will let a woman approach him and sniff their fingers and let them pet him. If a man approaches him it can go either way. If a man or a woman is wearing a hat however, he will hightail it out of the room as fast as he can. This basically is attributed to the fact that my mom's boyfriend does not like him (or all cats basically) though he seems to have a hatred for orange cats more than any other cats, because though he wont admit it, he likes aerowyn and will pet and play with her. Elliot tries to please him by rubbing up against his legs when he isnt paying attention, but my mom says he is just trying to goad her boyfriend. I dont think so, I think eh only wants to make friends. If I am holding elliot and a man in a hat comes too near him, he will freak out and try to get away. I asked my uncle to expermientally try to pet him, and my thoughts were confirmed when elliot swatted at him and hissed. He didnt hiss at my mom's boyfriend's mom when she tried to pet him, and he was wary but ok with the male vet that checked him out when he had giardia, but he wasnt wearing a hat.
They both get frightened of regular objects for no reason... like the other day they were affraid of one of my sandals... elliot approached it sniffing and jumped back when I moved. They do this to anything. Their toys, plastic bags, my mom's purse, a penny on the floor. Sometimes I go "PSHHHT!" really loud and they jump back like two feet, then snort and give me a look. Sometimes they do it to get my attention though, because I will always look to see what they are afraid of.
Both are deathly afraid of the vaccum. Once I didnt know aerowyn was in the bathroom behind the toilet when I was cleaning... I had sneezed and thrust the vaccum hose behind the toilet, and there she was attempting to climb up the walls and get away from it, and ended up bouncing all over the bathroom and broke my plant, knocked stuff off the walls, then proceeded to jump up and down the door before I could turn it off. Her fur was all puffed up and it was kind of cute. She clung to me for dear life and peaked over my shoulder at the vaccum. Usually though they will sit about ten feet away from the vaccum and watch me use it. Aerowyn and Elliot both bat the hell out of the hose if it comes near them and they havent run away though. Aerowyn is so small she must think she will get sucked into it. Its funny to see elliot waddle away with his fat little tummy sacks.
Elliot is afraid of children, will run away. Aerowyn is wary, but doesnt bite/scratch just kind of sits there and takes it (neither of them are around children very much at all) Both are afraid of dogs and puppies, but elliot would take a puppy/dog any day over a child, where as aerowyn would take a child over a puppy/dog.
They both dont really like loud people. I am quiet myself, and my mom is loud, but she is in the house all the time so they know her. Sometimes when people come in and talk to the kitties in loud high pitched voices they freak out.
They arent really afraid of water, I can give them baths no problem, though they both look traumatized and slowly pick up their paws and walk slowly to the edge of the tub, and if they can get there they will jump out. If I am holding one of them and I go over to the sink for something they will look down and cling to me for dear life.
Sheesh.. I always type so much.. good thing I dont type constantly in every thread eh?