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.