Letting cats be cats: That’s my mission!

Much to my chagrin the other day,  I was suddenly besieged with a nagging thought rattling my brain; one that troubled me immensely. This disturbing realization hit me like a ton of bricks and got me wondering if I might be somehow be upsetting our kitties.

Just like any other passionate kitty lover, I adore hanging out with our cats. I get an inordinate amount of pleasure watching them as they eagerly devour their food and spending time playing with them; marveling at their silly antics. But at the same time, it’s possible that I  often tend to overly worry about them. I can’t even begin fathoming what life would be like without having a couple of highly intelligent, curious felines to love and dote upon.

Now please don’t take me wrong.  Aki and Poe are both very happy with the attention I give them. But at the same time, it feels to me that recently they have been giving me signs that give me a feeling that there are times when they just want to be left alone do their “cat things: (whatever that means). And since I don’t want them to think that I am imposing on them, I felt compelled to ask them how I could be more sensitive to their needs.

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Poe looked up at me compassionately, reminding me that although he has been living with us for over three years, that he still considers himself “feral”. Purring very softly he said, “Although I enjoy your company, there are times when hanging out in the cat tree to just observe my surroundings and get away from that bratty Aki is just what I need. So whenever you see me hanging out high in my safe and secure tunnel, just know I am happy and content.”  I promised that I would do my best to honor his request.

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I assume that Aki was eavesdropping on my conversation with Poe because he suddenly chimed in, whispering, “Playing with you is so much fun, and I adore snuggling with you. But since my curiosity is unquenchable, when something suddenly captures my attention, whatever caught my eye must immediately be investigated. Get it? “

Letting cats do their “cat things” is so crucial for our felines. It is what makes them so special and allows them to be who they truly are.

While I know this feline “rule” in my heart, nevertheless I am extremely curious if I am alone with my concern?  Has anyone else ever wondered if they have inadvertently upset their kitties?  If you have ever shared my concern, please leave me a reassuring comment.

7 thoughts on “Letting cats be cats: That’s my mission!

  1. This is a great article about “letting cats be cats”! The pictures are charming! I was just going through some of these thoughts about whether I worry too much and edge on being a pesky “mom”! Thanks for your thoughts, you write beautifully.

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  2. Hi Jo & feline friends – my Carson, aka Mouseman, would agree totally with all you’ve gleaned from your kitty conversations. Mouseman wants me to add that, for him personally, when he is on the hunt for mouse, much as he would like to purr and converse with me, he needs to keep his laser sharp focus on the task at hand – eliminating that mouse!

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  3. Oh real Meeses are so much more important than a snuggle when the wee beasties appear. When Aki or Poe are on the prowl to catch a bug or even a small lizard they have NO time to even notice humans. Aki and Poe agree wholeheartedly with Carson- aka Mouseman, and they love his nickname.

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  4. What a great article, Jo. I sometimes get the “look” from one or another of my cats. You know, the one that says, “you’re smothering me!” John and I have learned over the years that cats are extremely affectionate when allowed to be in their own terms. We let them come to is and initiate affection. We will, of course, initiate play times. And sometimes I just cant help mysrlf and will have to just reach out and pet a kitty. Sometimes I am rewarded with slow blinks, purrs, and headbonks. Other times, I am swatted. LOL

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  5. This is such a touchy subject when it comes to my Siamese Mix Dexter and my very Vivacious Black kitty Boo. Dexter is a loner, a hunter and thinks he is better than all the other animals. He has no patience and I try to get close to him, but he just wants to be a cat with no boundaries. Boo is a homebody, she stays in the fence and in the house, entering through the cat door or which ever door you happen to open, she wants to cuddle with my three dogs and lay in their bed with them! she loves cuddle time with Humans too. She too is a hunter, but much more skilled. I can read my cats and am very patient, so I think I allow them to have more “cat” time than most. And they both reward me with Lizards, moles, doves, and anything that moves and will fir in their mouths. I think I’m dong pretty good with the whole Cats being Cats thing 😉

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