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