Saturday, January 23, 2021

I See You

I have found that I never stop discovering things about my cats. That’s probably true of any advanced creature; just as we think we know them, their personalities develop some more and something new is presented.

Neville never struck me as someone with an expansive sense of levity. He plays, but in a rather desultory fashion. Fighting the stick and grabbing for the object at the end of a string-toy’s string – as long as not much effort is involved – seems to be his extent. But lately, I have found something else amuses him.

The Former Thin Man likes playing peek-a-boo. If I hide – or, rather, keep my face hidden – then reveal it, he starts purring. Repetition of this little game creates such a reaction that he starts kneading with his paws. Tucker has long enjoyed a short game of this, but I wouldn’t have thought that the Nevsky shared this taste.

I keep the game limited, so as not to cause boredom with it. I end it with a petting session, to which Neville is more receptive after a fun time peek-a-booing. It may be my imagination, but this seems to be part of a wider decision of his to be open to more interaction. He has not hitherto been an effusively warm cat, but he appears to be enjoying my company a bit more. I have to perform a curve on the poor fellow tomorrow – back to the traditional ear-pokes – so his sympathy toward me may be short-lived.

If he feels resentful because of the curve, however, I may be able to win him over again, with a little peek-a-boo.

 


15 comments:

  1. Ah! Bless him..!x
    Let's ALL do peek-a-boo...
    1~2~3 peek-a-boo Neville...
    Hello! Where's he gone now..? :o).

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  2. I love the pictures of Neville you posted. They're terrific. I hope all goes well with his curve. Please keep us posted regarding the results.

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  3. I always enjoy discovering what game my cat enjoys playing the most. It seems each cat I've ever had likes to do something totally different. I hope Neville gets his diabetes curve figured out for the both of you. And in the meantime peekaboo is a good game to play with him. He looks so handsome.

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  4. Those pictures and his expression in them made the rest of my month, if not the next several. I LOVED his facial expression! He was having a ball!

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  5. I've found that a surprising number of cats love that game.

    Neville's facial expressions are priceless.

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  6. He's such a cute guy and we enjoyed those photos!

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  7. What a fun game, for both you and Neville! We enjoyed these photos of your handsome dude.

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  8. He is adorable playing peek a boo with you. Ivor would play it with Flynn when he walked past the kitchen window on his way to the barn. I am not sure who had the most fun though!

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  9. That is so sweet. ♥

    We have paws and fingers crossed that the curve goes well and that Neville continues to enjoy a bit of peek-a-boo, even afterward.

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  10. Oh my word, my heart swelled three times bigger as I read this post! Nevsky, you are learning to enjoy yourself more, every day!
    Now...I have to play peek-a-boo with some cats around here...

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  11. That last picture is so eloquent !

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  12. Nice to see Neville having fun.

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  13. I will repeat, that last picture is just perfection. I would print and frame it if he was mine.

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  14. Isn't that fun? I'll have to try it with Saku and see how he reacts. The other day I whistled, which I do rarely, and he came running from the next room.

    Hope Neville tolerates his ear pokes easily.

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  15. He is such a great fellow. What Fun!

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