Funny story about this adorable kitten who's name is Ash but we never call him that.
I had just walked into the house for the first time since Spring Break. I was greeted by a wary brother who wielded a shoe (ready to beat me with it in the case I was a stranger/thief). I hugged him with a "HELLO!!! BROTHER!!" and he did the "yeah, yeah, hi. what's up" phrase. And then I see a little, black blur dash across the kitchen into the living room. Kitty??
I've seen the lil cat through Skype and have wanted to hold him ever since! So small, fluffy, and cute! MUST HOLD AND PET!!!
Once it stopped and sat in its place, I walked to it, knowing that first it had to get to know me before I would just scoop it up and pet it.
But it PUFFED UP! The lil kitty, 1/30th my size, puffed up to scare me!
Something was wrong. How could it not like me??
It hid away and I stood frozen, shocked.
"Did it... did it really just....?"
It appeared again, but this time not only was it puffed up at ME, it stood on it's hind legs and threw a little clawed swipe at me! It wasn't near enough to actually reach me, but it tried another swipe and scurried away.
Was this some kind of GUARD cat? I'm the stranger and it was protecting the house?
"LEE!! IT DOESN'T LIKE ME!" I told my brother.
"Duh, you're in it's territory."
"It doesn't work like that!!" I said.
He went to go pick up the little cat and the cat didn't puff up at him! The kitty sat patiently and let Lee pick him up and Lee was petting it and feeding it lies. "She's going to EAT you" he told the kitten.
Still, Lee was on his way to work, so he wasn't going to stick around. I decided I wouldn't try and force the cat to like me so I just minded my own business.
It was until Dad came home and picked the cat up to give it to me, that the cat seemed more at ease. I held it for a little while, but I didn't want to get it freaked out, so I gave it back to Dad.
Then we played for a long time with the cat. It scratched me and bit me in its playful manner and we are now the best of friends. I spend most of the day at home which is why it knows me very well now.
I'm so glad!