8 years, Female, Medium
Lydia is a long-haired grey female cat. She was born in the fall of 2014 and rescued at about 12 weeks of age.
At the time of rescue she was with a male, Luke, and a number of other kittens. Luke, according to the vet, was a month older but he and another cat were very similar to Lydia in appearance.
They were placed in a foster home briefly living in a large enclosure. They were removed from the foster home and Luke and Lydia were placed with me. At the time, I had a litter of other kittens plus two of my own and a large dog. Lydia and Luke were extremely frightened of any human contact and tended to stay with each other. They would play games if I did not get to near to them. They ran away is touched but loved playing with anything moving under the door (an extendable pointer). Unfortunately, I did not have a lot of time to focus on them, so their progress was very slow.
They have been with me for five years and I have been encouraged by gradual improvements in their socializing. They have never been aggressive with me. Lydia has remained very timid when people and the other cats are around. She often will wait upstairs when I am feeding the other three and often I take her food to her.
She sleeps mainly on a climbing tower that I have placed near a window, on my bed between the pillows, or on a cat bed in a downstairs bay window. If people appear she will often run under the couch or the bed,, but recently has not moved immediately, just when people get nearer. She is OK with me when I walk in and loves to get treats and get brushed on my bed. Often, if she wants to be brushed she will come to me in my office and tap my leg with her paw then head to the door to the other room. She will allow brushing and petting on her back, face, chin and head, but not her stomach. She is purring now when I do it.
In the evening, if the other cats are not around, she will come to the family room and tap my arm to be invited up on my lap. There she enjoys as much face scratching as I can manage. She has learned recently the command to “lie down” and will stay close to me for a short time.
In the night one of the two will tap my face with a paw and start licking my cheek. If I don’t respond he/she will give me nose butts. Fortunately, he/she also recognizes “Time to sleep”, and will settle close to me.
Luke has been the more adventurous of the two and very early on he would come on my lap to eat popcorn. It was only for the popcorn, though! He, too, enjoys playing with swinging wands and under the blanket moving toys. He also loves to escape when my cats are let outside. They tend to take their time to exit and enter through the door, so he makes use of the opportunities. When I first had him I would search for him but finally realized he knew his way home, and I do not worry so much now. He is not a “talker” so he does not demand to be let out.
He caught on very quickly to the treats in a ball toy and almost instinctively knew he should bat the ball with his paw to get the treats. Lydia has yet to learn that.
Both do not like to be picked up and they have been difficult to catch to take to the vets. Lydia was there recently and was so terrified (shaking) that the vet asked for her to go home early.
I really do believe they will continue to improve when they are on their own in a home with only adults. There may be regression in the beginning as they get used to new people and it will be very important to have them in a room where there are not many hiding places.
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