Raleigh is making progress in his trust. Over the past week, I have had to give him eye drops, and that meant catching him. This, in turn, used to mean following him as he fled from one room to another, from one corner to another. (I didn’t chase him; I figured that would lead to more fear.) The last of the drops had to be given yesterday, and by then he was moving a little to avoid me, but not running. He still hates being picked up, flinching and wincing the whole time. But he submits to the terror with greater resignation now. I may continue to pick him up to allow him to grow used to it. He doesn’t mind being on my lap once he is there. He relaxes as I brush or stroke him. When he decides to get off, he walks, rather than runs.
Then there are the moments when he is hungry or simply wants my attention for some unfathomable reason. Then he will talk and talk and talk, and come right up to me, slowly, cautiously, but more than willing to be petted and touched. Formerly afraid of approaching me in either the bedroom or the bathroom, he has started coming up to me there, too.
The Peach will always be a timid and easily startled cat. But as he realises that he is safe, and grows to think of the cosy apartment as his home, his confidence will increase. I would like to see him adopted, of course, with a loving and permanent family of his own. But cats don’t know fostering from forever, so however Raleigh begins to feel better is fine with me.
Raleigh, you pull my heartstrings so hard...right toward you.ReplyDelete
Such precious progress....ReplyDelete
Sleeping on his kicky toy, Raleigh is comfy!ReplyDelete
Hey, safe and loved helps build that confidence!ReplyDelete
Trust is such a powerful thing. I'm glad Raleigh is realizing you mean him no harm.ReplyDelete
That's wonderful progress! The second photo is especially sweet; obviously the (catnip?) pillow/toy/kick-a-roo is a hit with him.ReplyDelete
Oh, Raleigh. I felt that way about my mamma at first but now things are great. They can be for you, too.ReplyDelete
what a sweet boyReplyDelete
dood....we iz buzzed happee ta heer yur doin better !!! & trust uz, with de catfather cloze bye ....nothin will ever harm ewe ....ever again ~~~~~ ☺☺♥♥ReplyDelete
Oh, I knew Raleigh would finally come around. This is great news! I really think you'll find that over time he will become more and more trusting. Patience and love can do great things!ReplyDelete
What a sweetheart! Love him sleeping on catnip pillow. So how is his eye now that he's finished the drops?ReplyDelete
His eye was good before this second round of drops; the doctor wanted to make sure the superficial ulcer was killed off, so Raleigh had another week of treatment. His eye should be in very good condition. Indeed, it looks good to me.Delete
I'm so happy to hear that. Raleigh clearly had a very bad time of it before you found him. I hope he has nothing but happiness and increased trust from now on.ReplyDelete
We love how he is so relaxed laying on that big kicker. Good tidings in all things RaleighReplyDelete