Originally Posted by Sooz123
Holly won't allow us to really hold her yet, but that's going to change if my life depends on it.
Mika only tolerates belly rubs at first, then he realizes how good it feels and relaxes. Of course we're talking about a born lap cat... this child puts up with everything and he's not even a year yet! He puts up with being carried around like a baby, hugging, kissing, everything else. Of course that took some doing... when I took him out of the carrier after bringing him home, I picked him up, hugged him, and gave him a big kiss on the nose. He jerked back and looked at me like "what the hell are you doing, lady?"
We've said it dozens of times... Mookie is the most tolerant cat we've ever seen. Like I said he's not even a year old yet and he acts like Garfield. We're working to get Holly to be the same way... so we can hopefully get through these weird "adult" years with them being as lovey as possible. By the time they're ready to "retire", we hope we will be, too!
Just to warn you, we have had Festus since birth, and she was handled a lot very young. She was Lexie's favorite from the first, and was cuddled upside down, with nose rubs, and kisses. She will leave if I kiss on her, she hates being held belly up, and doesn't like belly rubs. That said, she is still a very loving kitty, and will sit on my lap sometimes, or just sit near me.
But Garfield, who we got at 8-9 weeks, but who was raised with kids, loves belly rubs, sloppy kisses, he loves it ALL! And Will loves a good belly rub. Today he was holding my ankle, trying to keep me from getting away from him, so I would pet him more! (It's been a busy week, and he knows I owe him more time!)
But even if Holly doesn't turn out as physically lovey as Mika, she will have her own way of showing her love.