We see crazy pictures of cats taking down Christmas trees, tangled in holiday decorations, sitting inside gift bags and boxes, tearing open beautifully-wrapped gifts, and even tasting their human’s batch of carefully decorated cookies. Oh my!
Olivia, on the other hand, a kitten still at a year old and a calico as well, is not (so far) impressed at all with Christmas—the tree, the ornaments or even the process of wrapping gifts. I’m stunned. She can be a wacky speedster around the house who loves to slam up against walls and attack imaginary enemies while screeching like a banshee. She chases toys up and down a long hallway, sliding into walls and furniture across the slick floors. The way she jumps and twist in the air after a wad of paper would be the envy of any Olympic athlete, and she certainly has curiosity—stubborn curiosity—“I want that (teabag, pen, dollar bill—whatever) and I want it NOW!” But she has no interest in the holiday decorations and packages. Go figure.
Speaking of going, I thought maybe she was just staying away from the tree because we were here all the time watching her. But we went out to run errands the other day and came home four hours later to find Olivia curled up in her favorite chair napping. The tree and packages were untouched.
Did Lily, the sweet tabby we lost last year whisper in Olivia’s ear when she sent this sweet and sassy calico to us? “Mommy will love you and take really good care of you all the time, but boy can she get angry if you mess with her decorations.”
How many of you have adopted a cat after losing one that was very dear to you and detect traits and behavior unusually similar to the one you lost? Eerie isn’t it? And lovely. PS The candle pictured with Lily is battery-operated–no flames around cats.