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My Cat's an Introvert

My Cat's an Introvert

Anyone who knows my cat and has seen/experienced his crazy-hissing side is going to read the above title and say, “No, Michelle – he’s bat-spit crazy. That’s what he is.” They’ll keep an eye out for him, too, if I haven’t already locked him in the bedroom. I can’t say I blame them, either, for Phil can be an (at times) intimidating furry grey ball of fury. That’s why when he gets a certain look in his yellow-green eyes I won’t turn my back on him. I’m not even kidding a little bit. He will bite my ankles if I don’t take such precautions. But when it’s just the hubs and I at home, he is a friendly, sometimes pesky/sometimes snuggle-butt. Again, I’m not even kidding a little bit. He’s like a different cat, all love and affection until something else is deemed more worthy of his time. (He is a cat, after all.)

©Michelle Woodman

And this past evening, after having to throw a towel on top of him so I could scoop him up safely and lock him (for the second time) in our bedroom while company was over, it came to me: My cat is an introvert.

Please, skeptical family members, hear me out:

  1. He has only a few close friends, as it were (namely, Jeff and I).
  2. He likes to spend time by him self (usually holed up in his cat tree).
  3. He does more listening than talking (unless he’s begging for food or for the bathroom tap to be turned on).
  4. He gets crabby when there are more than two people in the house.

Now, I’m an introvert, so let’s compare:

  1. I don’t have lots of friends (but I do have good friends!).
  2. I like to spend time by myself (usually tucked away with some sort of reading or writing material).
  3. I do more listening than talking, more so around people I don’t know very well.
  4. I get crabby when I’m around lots of people with little opportunity for alone time for an extended period.

This isn’t hard-and-fast science, I know – but I think it has to count for something, right? Right.

Plus, look at this face:

©Michelle Woodman

Case closed. ;-)

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