Now, before you get excited, I know it's an anomoly. Davey has started following me into Colleen's room in the morning to collect the food dishes. Davey & Colleen have never been buddies, but Colleen does respond well to the presence of other cats. Davey is just in it for the kitten chow in Colleen's dish and the chance to check out a new litter box.
This morning, she greeted me with the usual hisses (although, I think some of the 'steam' has gone out of her). Hissing seems to be her go-to vocalization. She no longer has the saucer eyes and hunched up body position. She just looks up at me and hisses. Today I put Davey down next to her and after some nose-to-nose hellos, I reached over & started scratching her neck. Instant purrs. WOW. She let me pet her for several minutes and when I would stop - head butts. That's never happened before.
Her overall demeanor was much more relaxed today (maybe due to the catnip mist I've been spraying around the room?). If I had the same amount of time that I had for Cotton, she might even come around like he did. Took him every bit of three months in solitary confinement, but he did come out of his 'angry' shell. Unfortunately for Colleen (but fortunate in many other ways), she's about to lose her room with a view. Circumstances have come together that will allow my sister Patti to move to California from North Carolina. She's be staying here for a couple of weeks until we find her a new place to live, but that means Colleen gets displaced. We'll find some way to work it out.
|Happier than I've seen her in a while|
|My handsome boy - and a big helper|