Parker has not had a problem with jumping up to sit on my lap - though, to be honest, he semi-sits on my lap; he likes to lean on things and people. Renn enjoys lying on the couch in the sitting room with me, he at one end and me at the other, though sometimes he too likes to lounge on my lap - he puts his whole bulk on me, however. On Saturday, with my big boy at one end, I encouraged Parker to come up and sit with me.
What happened next surprised me. After several minutes, the new fellow slipped off my lap and moved toward Renn. I thought Parker was going to walk past him and on to the armchair next the couch; he had lie there previously. But instead, Parker stopped and lie down right against Renn.
I think my big boy was surprised, too. He became rather stiff, and I was prepared for a battle. But for about ten minutes, no one moved, except for Parker settling down for a bit more comfort. Renn is not a fighter but I didn’t know what would happen if he felt cornered. After a long while, he let out one of his low warning groans. I petted both cats and talked to them, and everything remained calm - tense, on Renn’s part, too. Eventually, Parker jumped down and walked away.
Perhaps he wants to be chums with Renn. He has been following my big boy from time to time. Renn doesn’t care for it, and I thought Parker may have been trying to instigate something. Maybe what he wants to instigate is friendship.