Ella went to my family Christmas party with me. What a hit! It was like taking a new baby; wrapped up in her towel she was passed from person to person where she snuggled like a champ. She got down to play a couple of times, but it was a bit overwhelming for her. My sister’s house can be pretty noisy at the best of times and Ella seemed very affected by the noise. Strangely, the sound of a pop can opening would really startle her! But she ate a good supper and was happy to snuggle the rest of the time. Even the non-cat people were impressed by her sweetness and wanted to have a turn holding her!
It was a marked contrast to one of my sister’s cats (she has three*, two disappeared for the party). Appropriately named “Monster”, he actually stalked my niece!! He chased her or cornered her a number of different times. He also likes to grab onto people’s legs as they go by. He doesn’t really claw (usually), just grabs with his very strong paws. He’s got attitude up the wazzoo and doesn’t take kindly to being told “no”. He scratched my great-niece (I think accidentally when grabbing her little legs) and when told “no” by my nephew, the cat turned around and came after him! He was banished to a bedroom after that. We decided Christmas gets everybody a little wound up!
While Ella went out to party, the rest stayed home with their new Toronto Cat Rescue blanket and catnip toys. (A huge hit, pictures to come!) Apparently they had their own “very good time”. A pitcher had been knocked off the bookshelves (plastic, but it still broke — sharp little shards everywhere), a coaster had been tossed across the room, the TCR blanket had been shoved in a corner and, somehow, Brooklyn had managed to get one of the brand new catnip pillows in her cage! I doubt anyone gave it to her; I suspect she seized an opportunity when it came close.
Overall, it seems a good day was had by everyone!
*Technically, Monster is her son’s cat. He and his housemate got Monster when he was a little kitten. My nephew moved out west and, “until he got settled”, left the cat with my sister. The cat listens to and obeys his two original people — still — but that’s about it!