Have you ever been loved, really loved by a cat? Well, it’s nothing like I’ve ever experienced before. And I’ve had numerous cats throughout the course of my life. But Sitka and Juneau, siblings, mixed-Maine Coones, adopted from the animal shelter after 9-11, are ardent lovers, wanting to shower me with affection 24/7.
One or the other of my male kitties is always attempting to jump into my lap, even when I’m standing. They try climbing my leg, hoping I’ll sit down. I’ve had to resort to walking with a cat attached to my appendage until he finally gets the message, and lets go. The only respite I get is when I sit to eat. But when the last forkful has been swallowed, and my utensil is laid to rest on my plate, up jumps a cat. Lately, I’ve insisted they give me a moment to digest my food. They’ve been very accommodating of my request…albeit grudgingly.
Don’t get me wrong! Sitka and Juneau do mind their p’s and q’s, after some persistence on my part. And the only time I sit for any length is when I’m blogging. They’ve learned that my writing space is my inner sanctum. They’ll come and paw my elbow, so that I’ll pet them. Sometimes I’ll push my chair back from the keyboard and hoist a cat onto my lap for some quality time. Juneau will snuggle deep into my chest, trying to become one with mom. Sitka takes the opportunity to climb to the highest possible vantage point, my shoulder or my head which, of course, I don’t allow. I need to breathe, you see. He doesn’t seem to understand that very well. He can breathe; why can’t I?
When we went out of town, the cats use to board at the vet’s. But the expense became prohibitive, so we’ve engaged a wonderful sitter. The vet and his assistants loved having our kitties stay over. Sitka especially won them all over with his lovey-dovey ways. He loves wrapping his arms about one’s neck, and butting his head into your face if you offer him kisses. He loves putting his mouth to one’s ears, and purring sweet nothings. And he loves nibbling at one’s hair, ever so gently.
Sitka’s the lover, a Romeo…while Juneau… just wants desperately to be loved. And I…
I loved finding out more about your cats!
I will definitely do more posts about my kitties and doggie. After all…they’re family too. 🙂
Hugmamma I truly enjoyed this post. How did I know you were a cat lover?! I have had two velcro kitties out of many kitties in my 60 years. The last, our Country Z Cat never left my lap. She was the sweetest bestest kitty and when we had to let her go in January of 2009 I was incredibly sad. I will never be over her being gone. BUT we have just recently adopted a Tiny Terror from our local shelter and she has moved in and taken over. She is not a velcro kitty and enjoys her time alone on a chair or her kitty condo. She does come to my lap for hugs and rubs and scritches but when she is done she is done and off to her own place of choice. Izzy the Busy. Your two cats are beautiful, they have gorgeous faces full of personality and they are BIG kittehs! I envy you with a pet sitter, I would love to find someone to come and stay at the house for Izzy the Busy. I have been looking. I enjoyed your kitteh pictures and will be looking for tags to check out your kitties 🙂
Velcro kitties…I like that. Perfect imagery for Juneau and Sitka. Like you, I would miss them terribly were they no longer around. They always let me know that I am their world…somewhat unusual for independent felines.
hugs for your comment…;)
Now I want to reach out and cuddle them too! They are magnificent creatures, beautiful and caring. Thanks Hugmamma, I’m smiling after reading your story. You must love them sooooooooooooo much.
Anytime you’re in town…you can hug them, Duchess. They welcome affection…and yes, I love them…all my four-legged family.
sending hugs back…:)
I love cats and yours sound like real love bugs! 😀
They really are…super, duper Volkswagon love bugs. Great imagery! 🙂
Sitka and Juneau looks really adorable, lovely !!! They are showing their love in their own way and I have to admit it’s quite an unusual one. 🙂
Cannelle and Cléo (Cléopatre) use to show me their love in different ways but it seems that both have something in common, they love to sleep against me in bed and they don’t want to let me for mor than 1 minute when I’m sick ! They are staying all the time with me even if I don’t notice it because of the fever. They are taking care of me in their own way, watching on me in a certain way…. 🙂
Cats can be independent, but they can also be great companions when you need them to be. Not sure I could ever be without one. Sitka, Juneau, Sunkist and my dog, Mocha, offer me moral support just by being around me all the time. 🙂