This evening as I went to bed my cat Susie (Himalayan-Persian) crawled up on the bed with me.
I was reading at the time, but sometimes my eyes get tired and I put the book down and turn on my right side.
For some reason, she chooses that time to jump from the left side of my body to the right side, and although she doesn’t snuggle up exactly, she lies close to me. It is at those times that I stroke her, warm her cold ears, and generally coo to her.
Don’t even start with me, cat-haters! :mad:
She closes her eyes and “tolerates” me for a while, but if she senses that I’m “letting up” on the “lovin’” she tenses just a bit, and then she’s off the bed.
Now, I am not so naive as to think that Susie’s thinking “I think I need to lie close to Daddy for a bit”, but I am wondering what physically is going on with her that she “needs” my presence for just a little while?
I have read a lot about how a pet can help lower stress and blood pressure, but I am wondering what it is I am doing for her at those times?
Is it a maternal need on her part (dating back to her kitten days-she’s 5 now), or does she just “need” my warmth? I like to pretend she does, but I know she has
no concept of love the way I have for her as my pet.
When I come home from work at 7 in the morning (after 12 hours), she will stand there and “bitch” at me, even though she has a full bowl of food and water.
(I take it as “bitchin’” anyway. :D)
So what’s up widdat, cat experts/lovers?
And before you ask, yes. I’m pretty much the only one she sees. (With some exceptions. ;))