“We adopted Dandelion and Tabby (formerly Fawn) because Dandelion was friendly each time we visited and Tabby enjoyed playing,” Heather says. “And I’m delighted to say their adjustment to our home was immediate.
“Dandelion always takes my husband’s computer chair while I had to put tin foil on the fish tank lids to keep mischievous Tabby out! She’ll play with everything but she really loves feathers. Dandelion, on the other hand, will sometimes play.
“Dandelion enjoys being petted in the early morning, and since my husband gets up early, she ‘harasses” him for attention. She’s completely bonded with him. Tabby took some coaxing before she finally realized that hands and feet weren’t prey, and although this is still a work in progress, she now allows me to pick her up and pet her for brief periods of time. We’ve also taught our children that gentleness and patience are vital to breaking her of the habit of going into ‘attack mode’ when she sees our hands and feet.
“Both are fairly independent kitties, and since they have the run of the house all day, they have a variety of choices — except our bedrooms – as to where they want to sleep at night. They have their cat beds, a cat tree and a catio … even the couch. If I had to guess, I’d say that Dandelion sleeps in my husband’s computer chair, and although Tabby sleeps in a cat bed in my office when I’m working, I doubt that she sleeps there at night.”
Furry Friends Fur-Ever Stories are compiled and written by Nomi Berger who is the bestselling author of seven novels, one work of non-fiction, two volumes of poetry, and hundreds of articles. She is a volunteer writer for Furry Friends in Vancouver, WA and also volunteers her writing skills to animal rescue groups in Canada and the USA. She lives with her adopted Maltese named Mini.