In the winter time, I feel especially fond of the time I had cats and the lovable things that they would do. They would love sleeping by the fireside, under the sunshine and on my lap. Animals can often be the most understanding and are there for you, without knowing it. Each cat is so full of personality and each are completely different. My first cat was a ginger cat, who never seemed to mind when I dressed him in my sewn clothes from socks and pieces of fabric. My second cat was a black and white cat, who I would call from the distance, and he would come running out of the forest to meet me. He’d follow me where ever I walk and lie down cheekily in front of me. My third cat was my dearest tabby cat, who I love so much till this day.
1) When you have a meowing conversation. Some cats are more talkative than others. Sure, some meows you know are the hungry meows, and others are just full of chatter.
2) When they nudge your face, legs and arms. Cats can be extremely affectionate and loving. They love to mark you with their scent, which can be to create familiarity and to bond with you.
3) When they lie cheekily on their tummy for you to rub. Most cats love to be scratched on the tummy, almost just as much as your dog does. Most of the time they are feeling playful with you.
4) When they crawl under the covers of the bed, and you see a little creature crawling. This happened a lot in the winter time. I would see a little creature crawling under the sheets, then feel the warm fur stretched out against my leg purring.
5) When they purr and lie on your tummy. Most people will know that cats sleep a lot. One moment they are eyes wide open staring at you, then next moment they are asleep on your tummy.
6) When they push their paws against you, on your tummy. For whatever reason that cats may do this, it feels good. It’s like a massage :)
7) When they get excited when there is a box. I’m not sure if it’s whether they feel safe being in a small space, but whenever there is a Monopoly lid out, birthday or Christmas boxes or a delivery box – the cat will be in there.
8) When they sleep, and their tongue sticks out. This one is self explanatory.
9) When I read and they must place their paws right where I’m reading it. This shows how cheeky cats are sometimes and how smart they are. Although sometimes I think it may be to get your attention.
10) When they listen to you and sit on your lap after a bad day. I remember when I was younger, when I cried, my cat would just sit on me and somehow having a furry ball on my lap was always very comforting.
“Sunday, January 27, 1884. — There was another story in the paper a week or so since. A gentleman had a favourite cat whom he taught to sit at the dinner table where it behaved very well. He was in the habit of putting any scraps he left onto the cat’s plate. One day puss did not take his place punctually, but presently appeared with two mice, one of which it placed on its master’s plate, the other on its own.”
― Beatrix Potter, Beatrix Potter’s Journal
Which just reminds me of the many times my old cat Summer would bring dead rabbits home (as we grew up on the farm), as a gift for my family, whilst placing it kindly in front of our doors.