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.