I know I've written about Olivia recently but I couldn't help but share an amazing and deeply rewarding experience that happened on Friday with you!
As you may remember, Olivia has not been known to appreciate visitors and that led her owners to believe that she would not be interested in befriending me but she surprised us by not only looking forward to her visits but by also allowing me to pet her for long periods of time!
I do believe that part of her reason for looking forward to her visits was because she knows me as the nice lady who pours her favorite delicacy, chicken broth, on top of her wet food but I also think she appreciated that I respected her boundaries. In other words, if she wanted to be left alone, I followed her lead but when she wanted extra pets I gave them to her. Another thing that I always did was to call her name when I arrive and gave her a gentle pat at he end of the visit with the promise that I would see her the following day.
The reward for allowing her to set the pace of our friendship was that she set her dainty little paws on my lap not once but twice on Friday and she stayed there purring and nudging my hand asking me to continue petting her! What a rewarding thing it is to win the trust and friendship of a shy cat who misses her owners terribly!
In two more weeks her owners will be home and I will certainly miss spending time with this sweet old gal!
If you live in Dover or in surrounding towns and would like to have me visit your cat(s) please contact me to set up a free "Meet and Greet" today! I'd be happy to help!