|Maggie gives the half-lidded look a try.|
Gentle, quiet pets like Maggie tend to get lost in the shuffle.
Maggie rarely, if ever, asks for attention. Often, she's simply lurking in the background, hoping you'll notice her. Even her meow is quiet. In fact, sometimes she opens her mouth and makes no sound at all.
Cats like this are sometimes called "loners," and it's suggested that they should live in single-cat households. I'm glad that Maggie wasn't advertised this way. Since she can't get all the attention she wants from the humans, she asks the other animals to provide her with affection. She and Eamon are notorious snugglers, and lately, Maggie has even been approaching Lucy for quick grooming sessions. If she lived in a single-cat household, I'm not convinced she'd be more vocal with her attention demands. Perhaps she'd simply get no attention at all.
For my part, I'm trying hard to give Maggie some individualized time each day. I pet her each time I see her, and often, I scoop her up off the floor and take her to a chair to sit with me in the evenings. I'm hoping this will encourage her to speak up and demand attention when she wants it, but if not, at least I'm making sure she's not neglected in this wild and crazy household.