I know I have posted this picture – unedited – earlier, but I want to add something.
This is the way Jackie looks at me when she feels something is off, or when she senses I am really in a bad mood. She loves her daily strolls in the garden, she may be fiercely independent – but she also loves her humans and reacts to our moods.
When we argue and talk loudly, she walks away. When everything is alright, she joins us, lays down on her favorite human pillow and starts to purr. When something is wrong, she is restless, doesn’t settle down and takes a very good look. And most important, she stays with us.
Feeling this connection mostly has a very calming effect on me, and it has prevented me from doing stupid things so often I lost count. I think sometimes our pets feel more responsible for our wellbeing than other humans.
Like most cats, Jackie spends much time cleaning her fur. When my hand or my face is near her head, she tries to clean me as well and is always very disappointed when I don’t let her lick my face.
She does a very good job, though, her fur is always shiny. We humans have to be careful: During her cleaning sessions we better don’t disturb or interrupt, that can make Jackie hiss, claw or bite us 😁. She trained us well, of course.
Fall has caught up with us, and the colder weather convinced Jackie to spend more time indoors. Her favorite place is our bed, my side of the bed to be exact. She doesn’t care if one of the humans is in bed as well. But she loves to cuddle if me or my husband join her. And I have to admit: A purring Jackie is more effective than every sleeping pill.
“Human, we talked about this at least a hundred times. Now stop keeping me from taking my well-deserved nap and hold this idiot-phone away from my pretty face!”
This is how a very relaxed Jackie looks like in the evening – having spent most of the day outside. When it gets dark and chilly outside, she comes in for the night and doesn’t leave our side until morning. Do you see her tongue, it often sticks out a little 😁. Of course we think this is adorable!
These three kittens were born by our late cat Sammy back in 2005. The middle one still lives with my sister in law, and we found nice homes for the other two as well. Sammy was a wonderful mother, but she always brought the little ones to our bed to let her humans take over for a while, so she could go outside or have a snack 😁. Of course we didn’t mind.
This picture is a bit blurry, but it shows that Jackie really likes to have the upper hand while cuddling with her humans… But of course, we wouldn’t have it any other way 😀