So I have been working with Elsa and I thought it was time to see what she had learned so I took my fleece encrusted arm and hand with my glove on then wrapped it all up in a towel and I went to pat her. Yup, I had to work at not being nervous because I know that adding to the tension wouldn't help.
She did try to 'play' with me in her I keel you sort of way.. but she did back right off when I said no. She tried a few more times. If I hadn't been wearing protection I am sure I would have bled, but I was and I didn't and she learned that if she didn't try to play with me that I would pat her, and she liked that. I had to be very careful because she was easily over stimulated, but I did get quite a bit of patting in. It helped quite a bit that I wore her out chasing after the toy for 15 minutes or so prior to trying it.
Ella is able to jump up on the couch - which is freakingly adorable. Then she jumped down to play with the toy and her mother's tail. Then she climbed up my leg, worked her way around to my back, climbed up my back and sat on my shoulder and let me give her 100 kisses.
I was able to get Elsa in the cage to clean up the room. I was able to touch her while she was in the cage. She still reaches out trying to get what she wants with her claws, all I can see is her slashing me.. Those claws so need to be trimmed right down to the quick but I am in no position to do that...
I put food down and then let them out. Ella forgot she eats food now, but I reminded her and it was oh so adorable to watch them eat side by side.
Elsa wanted more patting, and I risked giving it to her without the towel. She was calm having worked off a lot of energy and having food in her belly, and I was able to scratch behind her ears, to which she laid down and put the top of her head to the ground (what I affectionately call the 'headflippything') and she offered me the underside of her jaw. I threw caution to the wind and patted it with abandon - but I wasn't foolish enough to not watch her for signs of being overly stimulated. I stopped before she did and while she indicated that she much preferred that I keep going I wanted to end things on a good note, so I backed out of the room and left..
All and all a very good night.
I've got an email into the shelter hoping that we can get her spayed sooner rather than later. Paws crossed that they are willing to adopt her after what happened and are willing to take this step at this time. If nothing else I am going to try to get her to the shelter on Friday to get her claws trimmed because there is NO WAY I am going to even attempt that on my own even with my muzzle.