He Who Cannot Be Tamed

Byron’s over a year old now, which means he’s offi­cially an adult in kitty years. I’ve given up on my dream of hav­ing another big cat to cud­dle, as he’s retained stocky limbs and long tail, but grown into a small and slen­der body.

Dolly more than makes up for that though, even though she’s still a lit­tle sore at me for bring­ing him home. She’s nowhere near as tol­er­ant to my teas­ing as before, but she’s still social and still nes­tles against my chest when she’s in the mood (usu­ally dur­ing naps, never at night nowadays).

he who cannot be tamed

Disguised in this inno­cent yawn is a silent roar from the killer within.

My rela­tion­ship with Byron is very dif­fer­ent from the one I share with Dolly. She’s a cat who appre­ci­ates the love and atten­tion I give her, and she shows me this with every nuz­zle and purr.

Byron, on the other hand, is more of a pet; a cat who’s nice to have around, but who doesn’t inter­act with me on the same level. He has a few social habits — hang­ing out with me when he knows it’ll soon be meal time, or jump­ing on me for a nice rub­down when he hears me stir­ring in bed as I’m wak­ing up — but that’s usu­ally as far as it goes. I’ve tried to nour­ish a stronger bond with him by prac­tic­ing con­trolled feed­ing and mak­ing sure I pick him up sev­eral times a day, but he’s always remained a kitty of his own.

4 comments

  1. Dolly and Ramsey could be sib­lings — lit­tle piglets!

    • Hahah, I never thought of that. She totally has the same gut as he does when she’s lying down.

  2. Cats are really quite some­thing, aren’t they?

    I used to stay with my brother’s cat, Cooper. In atti­tude wise, he’s like Dolly to my brother and his part­ner, and Byron to me.

    He only talks to me when­ever it’s near his meal time or when he’s feel­ing cold and wants to sleep on my lap because it’s warmer.

    And no mat­ter how much I try, I just can’t seem to estab­lish a closer rela­tion­ship with him.

    Funny how a cat can make some­one feel so much.

    Anyway, I love your pic­tures! And your cats are really cute! (:

    • Thanks! Both Dolly and Byron are pretty con­sis­tent about their behav­iour, whether it’s towards me or my guests. I’ve never owned a cat who had dif­fer­ent per­son­al­i­ties with dif­fer­ent peo­ple, but I’ve met a few (usu­ally the owner vs. every­one else).

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