Friday, November 9, 2012
I am an impatient woman
I quite often am horribly discouraged at the progress the "painter kittens" have been making in their socialization. I feel like I am failing them, and that I stink (yes, I know, but that stupid little voice just chatters away some days - especially when I'm tired)
I must remember that when they are older it takes time.
and then what happened last night happens, and it makes me smile.
I went downstairs and decided to just watch TV. No pushing, no forcing interaction, no offering food, etc. Just me not moving, not looking at them.. and after about half an hour Jackson jumped up on my lap and gave me a sniff. Twenty minutes later Evelyn did the same thing. She was funny because my eyes swung down to see who it was and we made eye contact. She froze like a deer in headlights for a heartbeat and then she ran. But hey, she was on my lap!! :)
I was starting to worry about Frida, as she just sat on a pile of towels watching everything. She has been dealing with a little diarrhea and I had to help her clean off (went surprisingly well considering clippers were involved) and since she wasn't moving and wasn't playing.. Well I got out some baby food and slowly brought it to her and she ate.. so I was immediately less worried. In the last few minutes she started to play with some toys. My husband thinks she needs a full name and title, so she is currently Lady Frida Floofface.
Elsa is doing well. She plays incredibly hard, almost to the point of being scary, with Ella and now Jackson. Occasionally when the screams get too hard and she isn't giving them a break I'll intervene but the second Elsa stops the kitten stands up and jumps up on her to initiate play again.. She is starting to 'play', which is downright adorable, but it also is a little intimidating for me. She runs at 100 miles an hour, turns on a dime, jumps in the air, etc.. When she starts I have to remind myself not to flinch. She is reacting so much more like a socialized cat that I have lost a lot of my fear when dealing with her. I have started offering her my hand and she has started to lick it!!
I found some calming treats at the shelter and offered her some last night. She ate a couple of them then shunned the next few. I tried offering them to the kittens thinking if they felt a little calmer they wouldn't be so fearful, well Jackson thought it was the *best toy eva!* and proceeded to try to shove it under everything and anything. He and Evelyn had a lot of fun trying to pull it back out.
I think I'll take a nap in the kitten room this afternoon..