QUOTE(corenfa @ Dec 21 2010, 08:22 PM)
But I wish my cat was a bit less shy and frightened
Not because I necesarily want her to be climbing the Christmas tree, but because I wonder if she really is happy just sat in a box all day. She doesn't seem to want to play, ever. I suppose it could be that because she was a stray, she just never had the luxury of playing, ever.
Awww, I am sure she will come round eventually. It takes a lot of time for some.
My beloved rescue cat Tigger never ever reconciled herself to sitting on a lap. There were times you could see she desperately wanted to try it, but even picking her up and putting her on your lap wouldn't work - she'd get off and snuggle up next to you. Very very close, but never ever on you. We had her for 10 years, starting from when she was 3.
My current rescue cat, Slinky, she seemed to settle in very quickly, we have had her 3 years now - but certain behaviours, like rolling around showing off her big fat tummy (a very trusting move in a cat), are relatively recent.
I always remember two of my pet rats...Hunt and Liddy were a pair, and Liddy had to be put to sleep at a young age, leaving Hunt on her own. I got a new companion for her, Magruder. They didn't not get on, but they didn't seem to really get on. They shared a cage but they didn't seem to 'live together', just happen to be in the same space. One night I got up in the middle of the night, blearily walked past the cage and said "evening girls" and then realised what I'd seen - they were curled up together snuggling in their hammock. At which point they seemed to become inseperable best friends. I reckon they were all along, just trying to confuse me by acting otherwise
Aaaaaw, that's made me happy today, thinking about pets I've had