Our cats are used to children, or I should say they are used to H, their very own human child. They are also fairly used to child visitors. What they aren’t so used to are child visitors who stay overnight. Normally if we have child visitors they can get a bit of attention, but disappear outside for an hour or two if they need to escape. It hasn’t been quite so easy the last few days because H’s cousin has been staying with us. He’s a boy who would love a pet, but he, his brother and his father are all allergic to furry things. That said he couldn’t stay away, his eyes were getting sore and red, but he was still hugging Bracken. Not only was he staying with us, but his brother and sister were around quite a lot too (they were staying with my mother who lives a few doors up).
Now of our two cats Bracken is by far the most child friendly. She enjoys a fuss and won’t complain if her fur is stroked the wrong way or if the child is a bit rough. She’s very patient and doesn’t lash out. Even Bracken found the assault of love a bit much though and she was seen to take refuge in the garden or behind the sofa a bit.
H’s cousin has now returned to Scotland and we are back to normal. The volume has dropped because we have only one boy in the house and not two. The cats are breathing a sign of relief and getting back to the serious business of snoozing the day away. Bracken might be missing the attention a little I suspect, but I think Amber is much happier. He just wants some peace and quiet while he sits on my lap. That said, he wasn’t adverse to getting his chin scratched if it was offered.