I paid a visit to my daughter who now lives in Philadelphia. For those who read this blog on a regular basis, you know that Koko and Jean Claude have moved on. Crazy Cat Lady (CCL) is now fostering two cats, Sonny and Cher. Apparently, the cats reflect the reported later stage of their namesakes’ relationship in that the cats are in conflict at times. Still, within an hour of my visit Cher, a chubby, striped Tabby and Sonny, a frisky black Bombay, were all over me. Cher, measured and reserved, settled for just laying across my chest, while Sonny wanted, demanded constant play.
Humans are like that in that we require varying degrees of attention and connection. We also require validation. something cats as a species don’t seem to need. I have found there is an art to the ability to connect and understand. I wonder if it can be taught but I know that it’s important to find points of commonality when dealing with humans and with cats.