This is the sweet faced feline, Sister; quickly becoming, Ninja Cat.
Since Sister came into my life, she seemed to be afraid of everything. A knock on the door, a sudden move by me while she is in my lap, or hearing my footsteps behind her sent her running off without looking back. Now I think I know what she is doing. She is doing her Ninja Mojo and planning for her safety in case of any dire emergency. She has discovered several safe hiding places, in case of “enemies” or Norie, my black cat.
Thinking of her as a timid cat, I decided she didn’t understand much about how things work and saw sudden invasions into her quiet world as a threat. So I looked at her with the “Bless her heart” attitude that she was very sweet but wasn’t as smart as Norie, the “Wonder Cat”. Norie watches my activities with great curiosity, explores everything brought into the house and connects with her environment. All Sister seems to want is to sit in my lap, or in the sun and sleep. Boy did she have me fooled!
But my thinking on Sister has been changing recently. I know from personal experience that fear can make one not think of anything but survival. Sister has been with me for 8 years. I offer no threat to Sister. I love her and have never abused her. I am not a noisy person at home. I do rush around sometimes trying to get things done on time but I lead a peaceful life. Sister seemed to fit right in except for her relationship with Norie.
Norie is mischievous and naughty sometimes and stalks Sister which would send her scurrying off in a hurry. But lately I have seen Sister stalking Norie, and my eyes began to notice some other interesting behaviors that lead me to believe Sister is a lot smarter than I gave her credit for.
Sister is part Ninja! She loves to hide and not just under things with her tail showing like Norie does. When sister hides, she sometimes uses camouflage!! Here are a few examples of her mysterious powers!
One of the many times I looked for Sister, I found her behind the wooden shelved shoe rack in my closet. She moved some shoes aside and hopped right in. It took me a little while to find her.
Although this is not the best hiding place, she can pull down into the box and I would not notice her as I walked down the hallway looking for her. Looks kind of smug, doesn’t she? Nice and cozy on the bathroom shelves.
This was the time Sister actually used camouflage. I knew she would often nest on the bottom shelf in the master bathroom; so when I began my search for her, the bottom shelf was the first place I looked. I swear I didn’t see her!! I even checked that bottom shelf twice! She must have been very proud of herself, sitting right in front of me, looking at me and knowing that I didn’t see her! She outsmarted me!
There have been several times that she has hidden under the futon in the guest room too. I try to keep the door to the guest room closed because she loves to hide in there and I have closed the door with her in the room and not known it!
Another convenient location in my bedroom for Sister to hide is behind the corner recliner in my bedroom. Convenient for her but not an easy spot to reach her!!!
Last of all is the area under my bed. I found that Sister loves to hide under my bed. So I got smart and placed boxes, clothing bags, and anything else that would fit under the bed’s edge to prevent her from getting under it. Well, if I move one of those items and forget to put something back, Sister slips in unnoticed under the bed as soon as I leave the room. I have seen her looking for a weakness in my barrier!!
I have decided I had best be more observant and less presumptuous about Sister’s personality and intelligence. You know the old saying, “Quiet waters run deep.” It’s a good thing she is such a sweet kitty, or she could be dangerous!