Two of my favorite companions are my two cats, Norie and Sister. Norie is my black cat and Sister is my grey tabby with white collar and stockings. They were both rescue cats before their first owners gave them to me.
They keep me company by entertaining me with their games, mannerisms, and amazing communication skills. Their varied locations and positions for sleeping are amusing too. We have a lovely screened in porch where they love to go out and lie on the cool cement, or in the sunshine. They sit on the little patio table or a chair to get a better view of birds or lizards or bugs.
Occasionally the stairs of our condominium building provide them and myself a safe, warm, dry place to exercise. Norie knows most of the other people who live in the building and will greet most of them. Sister runs for our propped open door if we are out in the hall and the building’s door opens.
Norie is mischievous, playful, curious, overweight and has asthma for which she gets an inhaler twice a day. She doesn’t like to be held unless she jumps up in my lap to ask for a few strokes on her thick, black hair. When she starts staring at my hand, flattening her ears or switching her tail rapidly I know she needs to get down. She loves to stalk and scare Sister occasionally. The story of Norie and how I was given to her can be found at: https://joyful2beeblogs.com/2016/07/22/photos-of-norie-growing-up/
Norie is fascinated by bubble soap bubbles floating through the air. Usually she will watch them as they fall but then starts popping them.
One of Norie’s favorite pastimes is lying on her back and looking at the world upside-down! She does this on the couch, on the floor before I leave, (to get attention I think), on the porch or anywhere. When I sit on the bed to put my shoes on she looks just like the picture below but more sprawled out. She wants me to play with her before I go.
Recently as I was drifting off to sleep I heard this pitiful little querulous meow. I rushed to the living room worrying that she might be sick or having an asthma attack. When I found her lying on the floor looking at me, I wondered why she had done that. The next few nights she did the same thing but instead of sitting on the floor, she was seen carrying the long fuzzy toy on a stick. She reminded me of tigers and lions carrying their larger than they were prey. The red fuzzy toy tail was in her mouth. Her legs were walking straddling the attached stick. She seemed very proud of herself. Then she did the same thing each night. By the end of several nights there was a pile of toys at the foot of my bed. Suddenly I realized she wanted me to play with her! So of course I obliged.
Sister is very content to stretch out in my lap and sleep. Lying in the window in a sunbeam is another favorite pastime. She is very timid with other people and startles easily. She has a unique gift for finding hiding places in plain sight. She is a very gentle, sweet soul and has never tried to scratch or bite me, even in playing.
She has gained a lot of confidence since I was given to her. She now initiates chasing games with Norie and will sometimes defend her spot in the sun. Everyday at least once Norie plops down in front of Sister for the “I’m not touching you” game. Sister tolerates the waving paws of Norie for about one minute. Then Norie gently taps Sister on the body of face and Sister tears into her like they are fighting for 2 seconds and then runs away. I do not know why they do this or why Sister doesn’t just get up and walk away. Who knows?
Sister’s story can be found at: https://joyful2beeblogs.com/2016/06/16/how-i-found-my-forever-home/
They each seem to have lessons for me to learn. Norie teaches me to get up and play. Be curious, and enjoy my friends. Sister teaches me to rest, stroke warm fuzzy kitties, and stop running around crazy trying to do things that can wait, especially when I am tired already.
I do love my two cats.