I wanted to tell you about another Silver Lining to the Dafter’s long illness: our cat Tilly has started to really make friends with her. Let me explain…
When we found Tilly in the animal shelter, she was about a year old. She had been lost in the snow for a week, and in the shelter for a week. We came on the very first day she was up for adoption, and we felt very lucky indeed to be able to give her a home. She’s always been a very well-behaved and intelligent cat. And for a long time, she was a very shy and frightened cat.
As I wrote here, she finally learned to purr after a lot of coaxing from me. After about a year and a half, she decided it would be safe to jump on my lap – but only if I’m sitting in my knitting place, and also only if I have a skirt on. If I have my jeans on, and want feline companionship, I put a blanket over my knees. Other members of the family have so far not been graced with this particular cat-compliment, but Tilly has always been friendly and attentive. She nuzzles our legs, and likes to join us for meals:
Since the Dafter has been home for over eight months now, Tilly (who is also at home each and every day) has been learning to trust even more. Tilly now comes into the Dafter’s room and meows when she wants the Dafter to play with her. She sometimes puts her paws on the Dafter to stress her point, and she will have meowing “conversations” with the Dafter. A few times when the Dafter has been resting, Tilly has come right up to her and sniffed her face.
These interactions may sound like nothing to someone who is used to living with an assertive cat, but for a shy little cat these things are significant. I’m so pleased that the Dafter is making at least one new friendship during this time.