Sunday = selfies for the cats in the menagerie. Every week, I do a little poll to see which of my furry sweeties feels like participating in a few fun snaps to share with the world at large, and every week I seem to get a different kitty who feels strongly about playing along.
This week, we're doing something a little different, as I had two cats who wanted to play. And their approach to selfies demonstrates what's so wonderful about cats: They are diverse!
First up: Maggie. She hasn't been seen much on the blog, since I fell and broke my leg about a month ago. Maggie can be a little timid and shy, and there is a lot about a serious orthopedic injury that can worry a cat like this. She didn't like to hear me cry. She didn't like any of my ambulatory equipment (walker, scooter and crutches). And she didn't like the way I smelled due to the medications, bandages, salves and other therapies I was dealing with. So she hid.
This week, though, we have turned a corner. Maggie has been sleeping on the back of the couch (where I have been spending the majority of my time) and she's been soothing me by purring into my ears, kneading my neck and gently grooming my forehead. When I asked her if she wanted to do a selfie, she decided to try and handle the camera herself.
Once she had the settings she liked, she decided that we needed to get a photo of her good side. So she stopped with the fussing, struck a pose and turned in a wonderful little profile shot. Go, Maggie!
It's wonderful to have this cat back in my life once more. And I hope my continued stages of recovery, as things change and progress, won't cause her to revert.
Now, Popoki is another shy little cat. But her approach to all of the changes due to my leg is a little different. She hasn't been hiding or running from me. But she has been skipping more than a few meals. And she has been avoiding lap time, unless there's a great deal of coaxing going on. Where Maggie seems comfortable actively displaying her distress, Popoki is internalizing. It's the same problem, but a different manifestation.
When I asked Popoki if she'd like to pose for photos, this is the response I got.
That's one heck of a grumpy face! So we spent a little time on grooming and sweet talking. She ate a few treats. We took things slow and steady. And after a little while, she took her cat stairs up to her new salon to think things over.
Later, I felt a little tap on my arm and turned to see her on the bottom step. So we did a selfie together. That seemed like the best idea for her.
Lest anyone worry, we have been in touch with Popoki's veterinarian. And she may go in for a little checkup next week if things don't turn around. But we all seem to agree that she is behaving this way because of the stress and chaos in the house now. We don't want to exacerbate that by stressing her with a vet visit if one isn't needed. But we won't put her health at risk, either. It's a balance.
And speaking of health, thanks to everyone who has contacted me with notes and sweet well wishes. I have my good days and bad with this leg, but I am getting to the point where the good outweighs the bad. I have my challenges yet to overcome, but I am getting better. Everyone who has reached out has helped me with that. So thank you. And I'll have a bigger post about my recovery on Thursday, so be sure to check back.
So that's it for this post for the Sunday Selfie series as hosted by The Cat On My Head.
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