Talia Gives Kalispell Some Advice
I think Kali got
some advice from her Talia-mom about how to get tons of attention. The
conversation may have gone like this. Imagine Kali on one side of the
bedroom door and Talia on the other.
Kali: I donít like being in the bedroom by myself! Iím lonely. Iím bored. Iím sick of being pregnant!
Talia: I know, dear. That last week is just miserable.
Kali: Please let me out of here. Iíd be sooo much happier if I were out with everyone else.
Talia: lisa-mom would get mad if I did that. But Iíll tell you how you can get lots of attention.
Kali: How? Tell me, please!!!
Talia: The first thing you need to do is go mess up your birthing bed. That will make lisa-mom think youíre nesting.
Kali: Okay, I can do that.
Talia: Then when lisa-mom comes up to visit you, meet her at the door, then run into the closet.
Kali: Why would I do that? Iíd rather try to get out the door when itís open.
Talia: No, if you go out the door, sheíll just catch you and put you back. And sheíll know youíre not ready to deliver the babies yet. You need to go in the closet so she thinks youíre going into labor.
Kali: Okay, thatís all I have to do?
Talia: No, once youíre in the closet, dig around at the blankets some more, then lie down and start purring. If lisa mom doesnít come in the closet with you, go back out and look at her while youíre purring and as soon she reaches to pet you, run back into the closet again.
Kali: Then what?
Talia: Well then lisa-mom will probably come sit in the closet with you. Sheíll pet you and talk to you and tell you how beautiful you are and how wonderful your babies are going to be.
Kali: And sheíll stay with me?
Talia: Sheíll stay for ages. You do need to do some things now and then to convince her youíre nearing labor. Wash yourself a lot. Get up and dig at the blankets then lie back down in a new spot. Stare off into space with an unfocused look on your face. If you do all that, sheíll sit on the floor with you for hours.
Kali: Really? Sheíll stay right here and keep me company? For hours?
Talia: Yes, she will. Iíve got her trained. The only problem is if you get hungry or thirsty she might get up and leave when you go over to the bowls. And if you get bored sitting in the closet and go lie under the bed, sheís going to leave then, too.
Kali: Okay, Iíll stay in the closet as long as I can.
Talia: Oh, another thingÖ In a couple days, lisa-mom is going to start sleeping in the bedroom with you.
Talia: You can get loves all night long practically.
Kali: How?! Do I have to stay in the closet all night?
Talia: No, you can go up on the bed sometimes, too. Hereís what you do. You do all the things I already told you, but when youíre hungry or bored, itís okay to come out of the closet. Lisa-mom will just get up and go sleep on the bed. Then every hour or so, jump up on the bed and purr at her. Give her a few head butts if she doesnít wake up right away. Sheíll pet you a few times and try to get you to cuddle up to her and go back to sleep. But if you want lots of loves, jump off the bed and run into the closet. If she doesnít get out of bed and sit with you, do it again. Sheíll give in. I know.
Kali: Wouldnít it be more comfortable to just stay on the bed with her?
Talia: Well, yes. But she falls back asleep and you donít get very many pets. If you go in the closet, sheíll wake up and pay attention to you for longer.
Kali: Thanks, Mom! Iíll try all these on her. But are you sure you couldnít just let me out of here for a little while until lisa-mom comes home?
Talia: Sorry, dear. I donít like it when lisa-mom is mad at me. And sheís right. It is better for you to be in the bedroom now. We donít want you to do anything that would hurt you or the kits. The bedroom is the safest, quietest place.
Kali: But I donít want quiet. I want to be with my friends.
Talia: Youíll be fine. Itís only a little longer. I canít wait to see my new grandkittens.
Kali: And I canít wait to see my babies! Thanks for all the advice, Mom.
(Please note that you will see a number of photos of our cats and kittens that I've taken outside in a natural setting. The LostWoods cats do NOT go outside unsupervised! When we do go outside for pictures and occasional adventures, there is always one person and usually two watching them closely. We do have an outside, fully enclosed run to which the older cats are allowed access, but even then we check on them often.)
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