Jimmy is a totally different cat........ He is special and he brings LOTS of joy in our house.
Here are a few pics I took today.. One is socks and him. One is me scratching his head and you can see how he closes his eyes and squints when I scratch him. He loves it. And the other is Star and Yellow on a new bed I bought them. They love it. It is ultra soft... Some of the cats are afraid to step on it because it is such a unique type of material but they are all curious about it but they walk around it. Only about 3 cats will actually lay on it plus the dauchaund. Star, Yellow, Muffin the dog and Tink love it. I suspect the other will love it too. If they like it, I plan on gettign several more. They sink into it and it molds to their body... it is so soft....
I love this picture. This is Socks and Jimmy. What I like about this pic is Socks. She does not submit to any cat. She doesn't even like her baby Cookie. She doesn't like the other cats to groom her. She only likes being groomed by Juan and me. She is not a social cat at all. BUT, she submits to Jimmy. She loves him and they sit together a lot. He is the only cat she doesn't hiss at. The dogs and all the other cats avoid her like the plague. She will not even let them eat beside her except on rare occasion. She doesn't fight them but with her attitude, they just avoid her. She is mean to them if they get too close. She hisses and will throw that paw out. But not Jimmy. I'm not sure if she tolerates him or actually likes him but she looks submissive in this pic. But with Juan and I, she is the absolute sweetest cat you could hope to have. She works and works her paws in our hair when we lay on the couch. She is extremely affectionate with her people. But here she is being sweet with her Jim. He was licking the top of her head.
And here he is getting scratched. He sits by the canned/soft food. He loves it and doesn't want to miss one single bite that might come his way. He eyes eventually close when I scratch him and his head gets lower and lower until he is laying it down on my hand. He moves his head to the spot he wants scratched.
And here is Yellow and Star. Star is the same color as the bed. You can barely see her. And by the way, she is doing better now too. She lets hubby finally pet her after several years. hehe
Oh, and as far as Jimmy learning the word NO..... he doesn't like hearing it. He jumps on top of everything. For instance, he jumped on the kitchen table yesterday and I told him no and tapped the table. He just looked at me. So I pushed him gently toward the edge and said no. He whirled around and GLARED at me as if he were saying "how dare you push me toward the edge of the table". I said no again and this time when I pushed him toward the edge, he jumped down. He will learn but he does not like no. He likes to do it his way... hehe... He has a lot of intelligence.
He is also very different from Star. She still has a jittery side to her. Kind of skittish. Jimmy is not like that. He is solid. He is not scared, skittish and jumpy. He is all boy... He does not shy away from new things that I introduce him to. He takes it all in stride now. If you can describe a cat as being solid, well that would be jimmy. He is solid about everything he does. When he learns something, he knows it and will repeat it over and over without fear. Star is not like that. It has taken her much longer to get used to being petted than Jimmy. He only took two years. It has taken her twice as long and actually Jimmy is much tamer than Star.. She still runs from certain situations. Jimmy does not run from anything any longer. He waits to see what I am going to do. He absolutely trusts me now.
Yes, it is really something to be teaching him words now.
Like that old cigarette commercial "You've come a long way baby"...