I guess Oscar and I know each other very well. He feels comfortable enough to poop in my presence. He walks over to the litter, scratches around and then finds the right position. We both look away… pretending that we’re not in this rather embarrassing situation. When it’s over, Oscar is very fastidious about covering his poop. And he likes digging in the gravel. He will spend a good 2-3 thoughtful minutes on it before exiting the box with the pride only a cat can display. Way to go Oscar!
I wish he would teach the poop-covering trick to Nuala. She poops and runs. Like saying… ‘phew this smells’ and then tearing off like ‘it wasn’t me!’.
His habits are getting very regular. He seems very comfortable with the litter and the litter box.
Oscar had a party last night. He woke us with a bit of singing. He tried to dig to China in his litter. He jumped to the high windowsill (I’d love to get a window perch for him so he could have a comfy place to watch the bird-feeders!). Ate treats. And yet, the room was in perfect order this morning and my purry friend came for petting.
This got me thinking. Someone did Oscar a really big favour. Whether or not Oscar was dumped, abandoned, or got lost, someone taught Oscar to be loving. Albeit, his hard-knocks life outside has taught him some fear and mistrust. Still that loving side comes through. I think it is what kept him alive. It seems that Oscar has gone to a few houses that had cats… peeping in through the windows and charming his way into food. He was outgoing, sweet and friendly with his care-takers. This human-loving behaviour had to come from somewhere… and deeply ingrained since he didn’t lose it in the 3 years he was outside alone. Whoever this person was, I thank them.
When I raise kittens I give them this gift – it is my duty above all others except food. Cats who love people are in turn seen as lovable and fun. If cats love and trust humans, they have a very effective tool in their inventory of life-skills. In a home, they will seek out human attention and trigger bonding. Humans see friendship as a two-way street and a trusting kitty will welcome it. If they ever get out, they will look for humans after the initial fear wears off. They will try to befriend people.
As in Oscar’s case, it might be a life-saver!