Yesterday, I came out of my room at 7 a.m. and didn’t go back in until 2 p.m. This is the longest time I’ve spent outside my safe haven for I can’t remember how long. Part of the time I was helping Robin with her work on the new magazine, part of it hanging out with Lexie, and part of it in other places in our house. I had a long nap on the highly desirable gray wool blanket!
I helped Robin from my position on the dining room table, and when I heard Reggie meowing in the next room, I lifted up my head and meowed back, but that was all. I search for him when I’m over by the screens, and sometimes he turns up. I yell a little, but I don’t run at him. Also, Robin ushers me back to my room every time I yell at him, or at Becket.
Today’s starting out well too. I ate my morning treat in the dining room while Lexie was standing near me (she had her treat in the kitchen before I came out). I played with a new catnip kicking toy very near the screens, where Reggie or anybody might have seen me. It’s my favorite ModKicker toy from Hauspanther. How could I resist?
I’ve shouted at Reggie once and at Becket, too, this morning. When I shout, Robin takes me back to my room. I try to go other places instead, like the table, but I finally go with her. She closes the door, but I don’t have to stay there very long. She tried time-outs with me before when I started to yell at the other kitties, but I didn’t calm down. I would come back out of my room and run to find whoever it was I was shouting at, well, Reggie.
Now, I go back inside my safe space, wait a little bit and come out more relaxed. I’m currently ignoring Reggie’s conversation with UH in the living room while I look for bugs in the dining room.
Robin says it’s important that I willingly do things that she asks me to, even if I’m upset, because she wants me to be safe and happy. For her to be able to communicate with me, I need to be willing to play and eat. I also need to feel comfortable in the space. I guess I’ll trust her. She hasn’t let me down before.