Puff….

She was a “rescue cat”‘ when we got her from a shelter a few years ago…tiny as could be, and she has remained so…has remained a rescue cat and has remained tiny.  I wasn’t at the shelter with my wife and son to adopt her, but I’m told that she climbed up into my son’s lap and would then have nothing to do with anybody else…and that is a condition that has remained, as well.  Unless I’m doing something in the kitchen with turkey or ham, she won’t have a thing to do with me…I’m lucky if she lets me touch her with a finger tip.  Whenever family members come over to the house, the cat is gone and hiding under a bed or in a closet somewhere.

This image was made from nearly 20 feet away with a little bit of zoom action….

My son originally named her something like “Gray Stripe,” or “Bat Cat,” or some other such thing, but the name was changed to “Puff” after a few days.  The cat hid under the bed anytime my wife or I entered my son’s room and would not come out for any kind of coaxing, gentle talking, or offering of treats, etc.  The only thing that brought her out was when my wife started singing “Puff the Magic Dragon.”  Whether it was a familiar tune or simply my wife’s melodic voice, the little feline slowly walked out from under the bed and hopped up on top of it and approached my wife.  When she stopped singing, the cat disappeared under the bed again…when she started singing, out came the cat again…stopped singing, there she went again.

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11 responses

  1. How very charming! She looks quite like a “puff”… like you could blow her away with a bit of breath. 😀

    June 22, 2018 at 6:52 pm

    • Thank you, Gunta…and yes, she’s that tiny. 🙂

      June 24, 2018 at 8:37 am

  2. Love her expression.

    June 22, 2018 at 7:08 pm

  3. What a precious story! Maybe she liked the song or your wife’s rendition of it and asked to have her name changed. Definitely has a personality.

    June 22, 2018 at 7:18 pm

    • Thank you, Terry…and yes, she definitely has a personality!

      June 24, 2018 at 8:38 am

  4. Was?

    June 23, 2018 at 1:42 am

    • Is…rejected my affections as recently as this morning…. 😉

      June 24, 2018 at 8:39 am

      • We got the last cat we had from my sister-in-law when she and her then-husband moved to Japan (he was a jerk and was in the Navy – and no, the two are not related). Anyway, he had tormented the cat to a point that when we got her she wouldn’t let any man get near her.

        It took many years and a few scratched hands to gain her trust. It was never a complete trust, but close enough. I’m assuming eventually you’ll get there with Puff.

        June 24, 2018 at 2:43 pm

  5. She does look very watchful. This little one has found her family, hasn’t she? The photo is perfect in black and white, and it’s good to have your story-telling side surfacing again here.

    June 23, 2018 at 5:00 pm

    • Yes…she has found her family (mostly/mainly/exclusively my son!). And thank you, Lynn…sometimes the story helps…gives it context, anyway. 🙂

      June 24, 2018 at 8:41 am

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