Monday, March 7, 2016
The post where I do things to the kittens
Part of the process of taming kittens is to push their challenge lines and let them see that it is completely okay to come out of their comfort zone and nothing bad will happen to them. I pick them and hold them and then put them down when they ask - they almost always ask immediately - but sometimes I tell them I am going to hold them for a minute and force them to relax a bit before I let them go. Sometimes I stand up and clap really loud and stomp my feet and then freeze. It confuses the daylights out of kittens, but when nothing happens to them it builds their confidence. And if I can, I do really weird things..
This time, I decided to break out clothing. I had a few cute dresses from when Charlotte was here, and I cautiously approached them and put them on. I was very surprised that neither one of them balked too seriously. Sprite had a minute of clothing paralysis, but as soon as Wryn hit the floor she was far more interested in seeing what Wryn had on.
I was fully prepared to grovel and beg their forgiveness, but they were completely fine with it, and when I went to take the dresses off they purred and hung out with me, and this happened.
That is Wryn right next to my leg! I hung out a while longer and Wryn climbed up on me on her own and actually started to nurse on my shirt. She is still a very busy little girl, and right now her priority is playing and running after Sprite... but we definitely have had a break through. Sprite figured out we were really cool a few days ago and will seek out attention after eating.
I've got a call into the shelter to see if we can't get them neutered and then I'll bring them back here to Casa de Gato to recover for a bit. They might be here this weekend, they might not, it all depends on timing.