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patience is a virtue, part 2

by Jen at 7:11 pm on 1.03.2007 | 3 Comments
filed under: photo, zeke the freak

so a little more about “bob” (paco? taco? bingo?)

we got him through an ad we’d answered – some family in a council estate in Tulse Hill. The guy called J on his way home from work, so we hiked over there around 7pm. He’s 1 and a half, and used to being an indoor cat. I was a little worried when we picked him up – he didn’t want to meet us, was running all over the house, running away from us. Right now he’s really skittish – spending the night under the dresser, cowering behind the curtains and seeking shelter under the bedsheets. But slowly he’s getting braver – and he really likes affection. He vacillates between hiding in the tangle of cords behind the television, and brazenly strutting around the house, head-butting you for a stroke or tickle. J is already calling him ugly and smelly… which means he likes him. I took a half day at work and came home early to be with him and found him wet and shivering in the tub. but he didn’t utter even a peep of protest when i took him in my arms with a towel and held him until he warmed.

he’s getting more comfortable. i’m sure it’s a huge adjustment. But just when I think he’s getting used to things, some sudden noise will send him fleeing into the corner. and i have to sigh.

I’m trying to be patient. coaxing and cajoling are really not my style, and after diving under the dresser for the third time this morning, dressed in office clothes, only to emerge with a fistful of dustbunnies, i was getting a wee bit frustrated. but the thing about cats is that, unlike dogs, they don’t seek to please. you accept them on *their* terms, or not at all.

i have a feeling “bob” never really got that kind of acceptance from his previous family. maybe i can learn to be that for him.

dumb guy still won’t let me take a decent photo though!

song of the day: the weakerthans – plea from a cat named virtue (and yes, i really did have all these cat related songs in my library!)

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  • 1

    Comment by kim

    2.03.2007 @ 09:36 am

    I can’t wait to meet “bob”, he is really cute. He seems a bit quirky, which of course I love and love those eyes on him. Enjoy!

  • 2

    Comment by Avril

    2.03.2007 @ 17:59 pm

    He’s so sweet and I love the name Bob. So cute.

  • 3

    Comment by Nicole

    3.03.2007 @ 22:57 pm


    He’s beautiful! My cat Garbo was terribly shy when I got her- he’ll come around. . .

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