Copy Cat

When Dudo and Moose moved in with us in May, they were not what you would call lap cats. Unless, that is, your idea of a lap cat is one that wails and bares its claws the moment you pick him up. They’re both extremely affectionate and gentle; they just didn’t like being held. But, lately, they’ve been easing up. Especially Dudo. I patiently worked with him to get him to voluntarily sit on my lap while I sit at my desk. San Geraldo has done the same thing. It’s gotten to the point that he simply steps on without encouragement and even curls up for some sleep (initially, he required nonstop petting to stay in place).

NEXT TO SAN GERALDO’S COPIER.  FOR 7 MONTHS, DUDO’S PERSONAL SPACE.
RECENTLY, MOOSE (IN BACK) MOVED IN.  DUDO, AT FIRST, WAS AS STUNNED AS WE WERE.

Two nights ago, a milestone was reached. San Geraldo picked up Dudo, sat down on the sofa, and encouraged (forced) him to settle down. He did. Contentedly.

DO THEY PLAN THESE POSES? MOOSE (LEFT) AND DUDO.

Last night, while I sat in the living room, Dudo surprised me by jumping right on my lap without a moment’s hesitation. He stayed for well over an hour, until I finally had to move him so I could go to bed (at which point he simply followed me).

DUDO ON SAN GERALDO’S LAP MONDAY NIGHT.

Moose is keeping a wary eye on the proceedings. He tends to copy everything Dudo does, eventually. He was, initially, the good cat. He didn’t claw the furniture, didn’t eat the plants, didn’t climb on the balcony railings, didn’t sit on the dining room table. Dudo did all that and more. After a few weeks, we started to catch Moose in the act. He, however, responds more readily to the word “no” than does Dudo. Dudo gives us a look that seems to say, “Oh, really? I can’t do this either?!? Really?

A HAPPY DUDO ON MY LAP TUESDAY NIGHT.  LOOK AT THAT SMILE.

We’re hoping, though, that Moose will also copy Dudo’s lap habits. At least he no longer yowls when I pick him up. He even lets me nuzzle his face while I hold him. No claws bared. I think he, too, will be a lap cat one day.

Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

27 thoughts on “Copy Cat”

  1. Hello Mitch:
    As always we cannot see too many photographs of your two very beautiful cats. And how they remind us of our own, Cat and Pussy, sadly no longer with us, and also in their reluctance to become lap cats. Perhaps this is a trait of black and white ones!!

    1. Jane and Lance:
      I'm going to see what I can find out about black & whites' personality traits. We had a Russian Blue before leaving the States. They were known for being friendly, out-going, and affectionate. She lived up to all that… with no hesitation.

  2. Maybe they sense a trip in the near future and are making sure they go too!! Cats are very intuitive you know.
    It took a few years for our last cat, Rita, to 'come around' and sit on our laps. Once she started she couldn't stop……for 15 years!! She looked like your two but gray and white.

    1. Jim:
      Of our three past cats, two lived on our laps and never hesitated. One, Maynard, loved us but sat on Jerry's lap once in 12 years. Moose is much more attached to us and affectionate already. I'm sure he'll be a lap cat soon.

  3. KC was an outdoor cat for at least 5 years… Bill had an accident that kept him home… sitting in his recliner… for nearly 10 weeks. KC started coming in the kitty door… stayed with him in his recliner and for the next 14 years was always close to Bill… inside or out. Makes a person wonder just what our critters really know….

  4. Tuxedo and MaxGoldberg are lap cats for sure, but Consuelo Roca-Jones, who we've had for just about two years now, isn't so keen on the idea just yet.
    Still, she has recently taken to being picked up, and does come by for the occasional rub against your leg.
    Progress……

    1. Raybeard:
      I agree with you completely… even after finding my "good" bath towel lying on the floor again this morning having been made into a nest by Dudo (or maybe it was Moose now… who knows?!)…

  5. I adopted a stray Mom cat and it took 2 years for me to even go near her. Now at 13 y/o she voluntarily will sit next to me and get in my lap. Patience!

    1. Jenners:
      Well, they're still young, but these two old dogs (San Geraldo and I) continue to try to learn new tricks! We're so pleased with how comfortable the cats have become. They definitely trust us.

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