A word about cats!
Anyone who thinks that cats are aloof never met Tahji! This cat is the opposite of aloof! While he is not what you might call a lap cat (he’d sooner nip than snuggle), he greets every newcomer and is a constant companion though not always in a good way! When I’m in the computer room, he walks across the keyboard tapping keys of his own accord and leaving long white strands of cat fur stuck to the monitor. He sits on the printer tray when I’m printing and luxuriates under the desk lamp, stretching his huge furry paws, scattering neatly stacked paperwork onto the floor. He knocks whacks the mouse across the room, bits the phone antennae, scoops paperclips from their magnetic holders and rubs his face on my fingers as I try to type. And that’s just what he does in the computer room! Purring constantly and begging for affection he enters a calm efficient space and leaves destruction and chaos in his wake.
So, you might ask, why not just lock him out of the room? Well, you see, a closed door is a personal affront to Tahji! It’s a challenge! He simply will not tolerate it. First he’ll try the polite approach. He’ll meow softly a time or two, just to notify me that he’d like the door opened. Then he escalates, scratching on the door a few times, just to let me know he’s getting impatient, then he’ll start aggressive carpet shredding, stretching his talons underneath the door determined to dig his way into the room, and for his final act he’ll take running leaps and launch himself against the door banging feet first, the feline version of a battering ram, till I open the door for him. Then he walks in tail high and slowly swishing, slanted blue eyes watching me impassively.
Tahji is a huge handsome cat, imperious in fact and he carries himself with great self-assurance. As I walked through PETCO one day, this Himalayan mix called out to me and as I walked over he extended one huge paw through the bars beckoning me to take him home. I did and since that day he has never failed to remind me that I am at his beck and call!