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PostPosted: Tue Apr 09, 2019 4:11 am 
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Still working with Blue to get him more socialised and over his fears of being touched or handled in any way and slowly things are getting better as he gets more trusting with me.
He greets me now with needing to be patted and talked to when I get home from work and when we playing he rolls around over my legs and jumps on me where before if he accidentally touched you he would stop and freeze. But if he wanted to he would sit on your lap for a few minutes but that was it.
Last night he did a fascinating thing.
Where before if your face come anywhere near him he would flinch and run, (I would say he has been probably been slapped around for an accidental face scratch or something as a kitten maybe) last night he quite deliberately and with real determination climbed up and planted his front paws on my shoulders and inspected, sniffed and snuffled every detail of my face and ears and hair for quite a long time...bit unnerving at first but let him do it unhindered.
When he finished I got a gentle meow in my face and then a huge big face rub.
I didnt know whether to laugh, cry or hug him to death for a great step in getting over his previous treatment.
He is getting over his fears but doing himself now..so pleased with his progress.
Still doesnt purr though :sad:


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 09, 2019 3:36 pm 
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This is indeed progress with Blue. Congratulations. You are being patient and letting him lead the way. I cannot hear my Raiden purr unless I put my ear right up to him. I'm sure Blue has a purr in him somewhere.

I think you are doing an amazing job in socializing him. I do believe it is harder with an older cat, especially when you have no idea what his previous years were like. You will continue to make progress and hope you will continue to keep us updated.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 09, 2019 6:15 pm 
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Out Of The Blue wrote:
last night he quite deliberately and with real determination climbed up and planted his front paws on my shoulders and inspected, sniffed and snuffled every detail of my face and ears and hair for quite a long time...

It's not really that strange. Smell is the sense they rely on, and trust, the most. The face rub at the end was his way of saying: "you passed inspection, and I claim you as my human, and I'm going to let everyone else know that by getting my scent all over you".

Out Of The Blue wrote:
Still doesnt purr though :sad:


*shrug*, purring is just a characteristic that some cats have, some don't, and some have purrs so faint that you have to literally have your ear up against their chest to register it. It's not something to worry about, or use as a measuring stick of progress. My guess is that if he's not purring now, he very likely never will, but it's not a reflection on your relationship. If you want to know his state of mind, watch his tail!

Really good progress! Thanks for sharing.

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