There isn’t much our cat Bracken wouldn’t do or go along with in order to get some attention. I don’t know many cats who would get up from a comfy bed and come to investigate at the sound of young children in the house, but Bracken emerges within a minute or two every time to see if there is the prospect of some fuss. As a result little children love her and many get excited about coming to visit the house because of the prospect of getting to play with Bracken. With her lovely supersoft fur, Bracken is a joy to stroke too and any child that likes soft, furry things is usually captivated by her. There’s never a claw or a swipe either even when her fur gets stroked the wrong way or her little fan is a bit on the rough side.
Bracken puts up with quite a lot to get her fuss. She is not averse to be dressed up and is willing to become part of the game. Recently H and his cousins designed an assault course for her to follow with a special cat den. One rule we do make though is that she should always have the chance to leave it becomes too much, so the door needs to be open, and if she tries to get free or shake things off, then that must be allowed. She is always allowed free access to the cat flap, so retreating to the garden is possible if she needs a bit of space.
Not only has Bracken had assault courses designed for her, but she’s had some pretty collars made for her. I’m not sure this plastic one made from a construction toy is a favourite, but she wears it well. She’s such a pretty cat and she’s a real crowd pleaser, making everyone feel like they are her favourite human.
I’ve written about Bracken’s attention seeking as part of an RSPCA campaign. You can find other stories about pets by searching for #RSPCAPetPeeves on social media and on the RSPCA website or you can seek out the RSPCA on Twitter.