P. O. Box 902, Hudson, New York 12534
From Marilyn Konefal - 12 May 2005
Hard to believe that I've had April (aka Otter) for almost a month now! She's coming along slowly but surely. I've noticed interesting things about her.
Last week I must have done something wrong although I never figured it out. For a few days she would not let me pet her at all and she appeared afraid of me. Made me feel sad because up to that point we were doing fine. Then this week we're back to 'normal' which is coming around for petting at feeding time.
April likes lounging on the scratching post next to the window now that I've put the screens in the windows. Last night she allowed me to pet her while she was on the post. She does not allow me to pet her with 2 hands.
I tried and she ran away. She does not like to see the long brush in my hands. Nor does she like the toy with the long handle and the fleece string or even my rosary beads! She runs away. Makes me think she was hit in the past. But I can brush her with the small brush that fits in my palm and she loves the fleece balls. She will roll around on the floor in front of me with her little belly exposed which makes me think she trusts me more - although I haven't attempted to pet her while she's in that position. I still respect those claws!
I like the fact that she's spending more time out from under the bed. She comes out much more during the day and in the evening she's always out.
She gets along very well with my big male, Smudge. They go nose-to-nose without a problem. The old girls are good with her - even Fluffy who doesn't like any of the other critters in the house! The 2 younger kitties are not too sure about her yet.
The other night April got more interested in going out of her room. I was sitting in bed saying my prayers with the old girls on the bed with me.
April actually jumped on the bed and looked around. Then she went part way down the stairs.
So, all in all - she's doing well. I love her tiny voice! Sometimes she meows but makes no sound! She's very sweet! One of these days I'll get some film in my camera and send you some photos - or better still - I'll get myself a digital camera and e-mail some to you.
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