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The Alleged Cat

The Alleged Cat
I took this picture a week or two ago, back in the Olden Days when I still was wearing glasses. This is my Alleged Cat. There was a time when nobody believed she existed, because she would run and hide whenever anybody visited.


Now she is a bit braver, and if somebody comes over and we sit quietly for awhile, she will creep out and investigate. She still doesn't like to come near, but there are at least a few people who have seen her and believe that she's still alive!

Her name is Mouse. She is named after a pointing device not the skittish rodent, but the name fits her well. Almost 11 year old, she was my first cat. My sister gave her to me as a birthday gift the year I got my own apartment (my icon shows her as a kitten). For the first few years of her life, it was just the two of us. I didn't know very many people, hardly ever had visitors, and I traveled a lot. It was either her and me, or just her. We bonded tightly, had our own little morning rituals, and she knew her name well enough to come when called.

She got to be very shy though, because she wasn't used to having other people or animals around! I think she misses those times. Now that I have other cats, and friends coming by, she tends to be rather angry and bitter. She's the first cat -- and she misses being the only cat.

She is still a sweet and cuddly little kitty though, when it is just the two of us. She's just a little bi-polar! I can never guess if she'll be angry and hiss, or clingy and purring, or when it will change with the blink of an eye. I have to pet her just right, or she'll get annoyed with me and stalk away. But she is still my baby, my Mousie, the one who was around when nobody else was.
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jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: January 10th, 2005 08:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
She hissed at me once and ran away, so I do believe in her.

You might mention her name which I think is "Mouse."

renniekins From: renniekins Date: January 10th, 2005 08:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yup, hadn't finished updating it...
itsmika From: itsmika Date: January 10th, 2005 09:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
You have been describing my first cat, Mika to a T! She was accustomed to it being just the two of us for almost 9 years, until the interloper (Pushkin) arrived a bit over a year ago to invade her domain.

She is becoming accustomed to folks being over since I have encouraged our Sat. Eve. group to convene at my place now. She even comes out to inspect visitors most of the time, but only allows the rare "chosen" to come near her for a petting.

Yup - sweet and cuddly to me, if done "just right" and within her guidelines - whatever they might be. But does she ever create a racket when Pushkin's kittenish activities interfere with her routine (sleep/eat/cuddle me/repeat). That's her in the userpic.

Many joys of cat cohabitation ;-)
renniekins From: renniekins Date: January 11th, 2005 06:33 am (UTC) (Link)
aww...yep, they sound very much alike!
homeless_one From: homeless_one Date: January 10th, 2005 10:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

Territorial

Cats have got to be among the most territorial creatures on this planet. One cat I adopted spent the last five years of her life hissing at two kittens I brought home after she had established herself in my house. Any time the two of us were alone, Cleo was super affectionate. The moment Thelma or Louise walked into the room, Cleo would stalk off, sit with her back to me and sulk. The words "compromise" and "adjust" never entered the picture
specialagentm From: specialagentm Date: January 10th, 2005 11:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
I remember Mouse when she was cute and perhaps a bit more social. It used to be that you could get her to come out by shaking a toy or something, but now she just hides all the time. Oh well, more affection for the other two cuties! (<-- and the owner cutie too, of course!)
joline From: joline Date: January 11th, 2005 01:19 am (UTC) (Link)
She reminds me of my beloved roommate, Firefly. :) My friends think she's really unfriendly, but when it's just the two of us, she's the life of our private party. She's quite a character when we're alone together.
shadowriderhope From: shadowriderhope Date: January 11th, 2005 03:32 am (UTC) (Link)
Aww - cute! My grandma had a similarly 'alleged cat,' although I had the patience to wait around for her until she came out hesitantly. :)

tedwords From: tedwords Date: January 11th, 2005 04:02 am (UTC) (Link)
Bipolar seems to be part of the genetic make-up of most cats, but it looks to me as though you have an awfully sweet one!

(Now, mine on the other hand...sheesh...)
bob_the_mighty From: bob_the_mighty Date: January 11th, 2005 02:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
My family told me for years that I only had one cat... not three like I always told them.

Scooter was always the VERY outgoing one while Jalis and Niko stayed very much hiden under whatever furniture was handy when company came over.

Now that it's just J&N they are like totally different/new cats to OTHER people... to me they're just a bit more cuddly.

>;-D
drteeth26 From: drteeth26 Date: January 16th, 2005 02:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sounds like Mouse is just overwhelmed by people. I've noticed that some cats who live a normally quiet existance don't like it when new people show up constantly wanting to pet/hold/cuddle them. I remember trying to scratch my friends' Himalayan kitten, however, this was during a Christmas party and there were PLENTY of other people who wanted to give her attention. I think she finally had had enough because she scratched me! (Other cats, on the other hand, love new people.)
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