Monday, April 15, 2013

Puma is Crazy

Once upon a time, we adopted a shy quiet cat from my sister-in-law's parents.  It was unsure and stand-offish at first.  For several months it stayed out of site often hiding under the bed.  Slowly, it began to spend more time out and about, unless one of the children even looked at it.  Then it would scurry back to the safety of under the bed.  After more months, it would stay in common areas of the house with regularity...unless one of the children tried to touch it.  Then it would scurry away again.

I started to think maybe the cat would never warm up to our family.

But no, it just took a while.  Now, 3 years later, we can't get Puma to leave us alone.

Sometimes it acts plain crazy.  Every now and then it starts rolling around on its back in the living room.  It just rolls and looks at us, pausing to lay there on its back for a few minutes.  I don't think it wants to be petted.  It just feels like rolling.

Puma playing dead

And Puma has suddenly started hunting with abandon.  Maybe he has always done so, but now we are aware of it because he has begun bringing his trophies to the house.

He has my permission to kill all the rats he can.

Then today he totally went bonkers and would not leave my friend Greta alone as we started our exercise routine in the back yard.  The cat was meowing and rubbing, batting at her hair, and being a general nuisance.

I actually had to put the cat in (not out like usual) because he would not leave her alone!

This? is the cat that started life in our household as completely anti-social...

And perhaps you recall that when we first got Puma, we caught him using the toilet instead of his litter box.  His previous owners promise he never did that at their house.  He is a weird cat!!

We probably should have let him continue with this trick, but we made him stop.

Puma is one of the strangest pets I have ever owned.

But we are glad he's ours!  (most of the time)

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