We knew when we adopted our cats that they had very different personalities. Where Eclipse was placid and liked nothing more than a good long sleep Snowflake was curious and into everything. And liked nothing more than a good long sleep.
What we didn’t see, though, until we got them home, was how needy one of them would be. And it wasn’t the placid one: it was the active, bouncy one.
It was Snowflake who, in the first few days at home, would wrap his mouth around any part Eclipse chose to share and suck. (Apparently this can be a sign that the Breeder had the cats leave their mother too early). This was annoying for Eclipse – especially when the part Snowflake sucked on would later be given the chop.
And it was Snowflake who – when we accidentally left a door open – would come down to our room at 5am and put his face against ours, meowing for attention. And then play the Jumping Game where he jumps from our bed to the dresser and back. Fortunately for me, Fraser sleeps on that side of the bed.
And so, each night, we close the door of the corridor with the bedrooms and give the cats free rein in the living areas of the house so we can sleep.
Actually, the only time he really looks for attention is when he has just woken up or when we first open the door to the corridor. If I’m still in bed, he runs down and jumps up to sit on my hip and tell me HOW MUCH HE MISSED ME and WOULD I PLEASE GET UP NOW and THERE WAS A MOTH! and did he tell me HE MISSED ME! and by the way WOULD I PLEASE PAT HIM A LOT.
And if the Bigster’s door is closed, which it often is these days, he will sit outside her door and loudly remind her that she is EXCLUDING HIM AND PLEASE REMEDY THAT RIGHT NOW THIS INSTANT. Not that he necessarily wants to be in there with her – he just doesn’t like the door to be closed.
But the time when he really gets upset – and when we see how needy he is – is when Eclipse hides somewhere in the bedrooms and Snowflake is left alone when we go to bed. Because then he cries and cries.
And sometimes – even with the dresser jumping – we let him stay with us.
Because the Needy Cat is kind of adorable, too.