11th April 2019 is National Pet Day. So Let Me Introduce My Two Cats

 

Studious Annabelle
Annabelle on the windowsill of my office as a kitten

As those of you who live with cats will understand cats rarely do anything they don’t want to. So today was quite a special day for me. We currently have two cats Annabelle, a tortoiseshell also known as ‘the aloof one’ and Alexei, mainly white with grey markings, ‘the friendly one.’

We have had them both since they were eight-week-old kittens, we’ve treated them the same, but they could not be more different in temperament and personality.

Alexei as akitten
Alexei was a very cute kitten

Annabelle is elusive, shy,  a shadow of a cat, who then demands to come into our bedroom and sleep with us.

Alexei is relaxed, friendly, laid back he will bound onto a vacant knee sure of a welcome and lie back in my arms like a baby.

Alexei asleep.
He’s one laid back cat.

Today, after almost ten years together Annabelle decide she liked me. When  I journal each morning, she keeps me company, usually at arm’s length but present.

When I am allowed to, I stroke her ears and tell her how pretty she is. Her green eyes survey me with an amused detachment as she takes this praise as her due.

Today, I was bumbling about doing the early morning chores when she stopped and meowed. Did she want to go out? I opened the door, but she did  not follow. Instead, she stood squarely in the doorway to the room where I sit to write in my journal and meowed again. A royal command! She wanted my company.

Annabelle now
Can you resist those green eyes?

I settled down to write and felt her head bump my hand, Annabelle wanted a stroke, she wanted attention. I held my breath as she put two paws on my knee and started to knead. Her purr was loud as I stroked and complimented her- and then elusive as ever she was gone.

I’d love to see your pets- I do like dogs too, but at this stage its more practical to have cats

Author: soniabellhouse

Sonia Bellhouse is the author of Fire & Ice, a Scandi-timeslip romance about ice dancing, Norway and Vikings. She is also a contributor to Passages, a short story anthology and a contributor to Writing the Dream, an anthology for published writers both published by Serenity Press. In 2012she won two major awards in the inaugural Rockingham Short Fiction contest. Sonia's articles and stories are published in various magazines both in Australia and the UK. These include Good reading, Today's Bride, That's Life! and That's Life! Fast Fiction in Australia and Yours, The People's Friend and Best of British in the Uk. Sonia worked as a book reviewer for two years. An avid reader and writer of multiple genres she facilitated a local book club for eleven years. She reluctantly decided to give it up, to concentrate on her writing. Sonia is a long time member of a writers group, regularly engaging authors to present workshops to the group. Sonia enjoys catching up with friends, ignoring the ironing in favour of playing with her cat and learning new things. She's taken several online courses with Future Learn and The University of Iowa for both writing and non-writing topics.

2 thoughts on “11th April 2019 is National Pet Day. So Let Me Introduce My Two Cats”

  1. They are both beautiful & amazing. Our girls are very different, Heidi who was rescued 3 years ago and Pollyanna rescued 2 years ago, Heidi is very quiet and Polly is very, very loud (She is deaf and we don’t think she know just how loud she is!) Heidi is a mummy’s girl whilst Polly is totally a daddy’s girl… It works out well, I just wish they would like each other as well, but after 2 years together I doubt that will happen any time soon.

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    1. So nice to hear about your two. Bless Polly and her super loud meows. Being rescued you cant know about their pasts, which may still be affecting them.When we had Freya- a rescue she was very spiky with everyone .TIme may mellow the situation.

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