Sunday, September 29th 2013
Cat lovers know but too well that you only have to throw your coat onto a chair or the bed, just for a moment, and when you next look, your cat is curled up on it and will resent any attempt to reclaim your garment; but that, on the other hand, if you pay good money for a luxury blanket or cushion for your beloved moggy, she will turn her nose up at it and flee from any move to place her upon it. With cats, contrariness comes as standard.
It was therefore with some slight trepidation that Tigger decided to buy Freya a little present…
We thought that a firm but soft cat-sized cushion would be just the thing for a cat who likes her home comforts. We presented the cushion to her and waited hopefully. Nothing. We tried a little persuasion: “Just try it. You love it!” Nothing.
Gingerly, we picked her up and placed her delicately on the cushion. You might have thought we were trying to put her into a bucket of water. “Resistance” is a mild word for the result.
It was time to be sneaky. The cushion needed to be “conditioned”. I can’t wear a cushion but I can, um, sit on it. I put the cushion on my computer chair and went back to blogging.
How long does it take to “cook” a cushion? I don’t know, but after a while we thought we’d try it. We placed the cushion in a good spot, one that Freya favours, and invited her to climb aboard. Of course, she went through the usual routine of “Are you sure? Do you think I should? Oh, I don’t know… Oh, well, maybe…” and eventually stepped onto it as though doing something very complicated.
We watched. We held our breath… and then… Yes! Freya lay down upon the cushion: result!
Now, of course, she loves it and sleeps on it all the time except for the occasional nap on the floor to remind herself – and us – that she doesn’t actually need a cushion and is doing us a bit of a favour in using it.
Tigger took some close-up photos of a luxuriating cat-on-cushion with her iPod and I present these pictures here. Cat lovers will enjoy them; felinophobes can go and watch TV, or something.