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Monday, August 31, 2020

No ... I didn't get a picture ... but I SWEAR it happened!!


That Aja.  

Just when I think she has stopped evolving, she surprises me.

I know I have been absent from my blog for over a month.  It has been a busy summer and there was just no time.  But things are slowing down now and just today, a miracle happened.


I mean we have seen a number of smaller miracles in her short time with us.

Over all, she does a lot that tells me she is happy to be with us.  She likes to rub against us, she enjoys a short scratch or rub around her cheeks and neck, and she joins us for short visits into the living room, kitchen or dining room.  Home base is still our bedroom, of course.  But she always runs out of the bedroom to welcome us when we come home.  She is very interested in her meals, escorting us in a "short parade" from the kitchen to the cat food trays in the bedroom and enjoys looking out the bedroom windows at the birds and people.  Small miracles all ... considering how stressed out she was when she arrived 3 months ago.

But she still has her limits.  Does she let me pick her up?  Oh, no.  Does she come into the living room and sleep on the furniture or visit with guests?  Nope. Does she want to cuddle with us?  Most definitely not!  And just last week I attempted to place her on my lap!  I told my husband that she probably will never be a lap cat! No matter.  She gives what she can and we are happy to oblige her.

And then today she came out into the living room - arrived at my chair

 and jumped onto my lap!  

It wasn't entirely a relaxed action.  She was resting on her feet for about 20 seconds. I tried to act like she did this every day.  Ha! And then she settled down on her side and let me rub her cheeks.  And she was purring.  At some point I pulled my hand away to rest on the arm of the chair - and she hissed and smacked my hand with her paw.  I have learned that this hiss reaction means one of 2 things:  Don't stop!  or Stop! So I started scratching her cheek again.  And then after another minute, I could tell she was ready for me to stop.  I pulled my hand away again.  And after about another 30 seconds she jumped down with a parting hiss.  That hiss in most cats is a warning sign of significance.  But not in Aja.  It is just like another way of talking along with her chirps and purrs and meows!  It all fits into the context of what is going on - whether is is negative or positive.

She is a complicated lady!  















11 comments:

Michelle said...

What an opinionated lady! But I'm so happy to hear that her opinion of you is mostly positive. :-)

Leftycrafter said...

A miracle indeed. She is a beautiful cat.

M.K. said...

That was such a fun and funny read that I read it aloud to my husband just now :) Aja is a cat with loads of personality! I think she will keep growing and changing. I bet she eventually becomes a very beloved companion and will be very close to you. She's a character!

Marie Smith said...

It is great to have an update about your new family member. She is definitely settling in and filling your time with cat antics. Glad you three are busy and doing well.

Leigh said...

I love your Aja updates. She definitely has a unique personality! She may end up being a lap cat after all (on her terms of course!)

Becki said...

A complicated lady indeed. You are the perfect person for Aja. So patient, appreciating every positive movement, overlooking the negatives. I suspect she'll find your lap her safe spot one of these days. I love these updates on our favorite feline. :)

happyone said...

She'll be a lap cat yet. Just in her own time. :)

Lynne said...

I think we could call her, “a study!”
Although she seems to be moving in a positive direction . . .
Golden Princess!

A :-) said...

I'm glad she's settling in with you :-)

Ineedfriends said...

a beautiful cat.

Susan said...

Cats are so complicated, bless them. She is a lovely cat and it sounds like she is settling in.