posted on Oct, 23 2008 @ 10:35 AM
We have a huge half-wild grey tabby, Apollo, who hugs us, putting his arms around our necks, and loves to sit with his forehead against mine, (I
suspect he's reading my mind.) He's learned to meow a clear hello, and he keeps trying to teach me how to be a good cat. Today he was so frustrated
because I wouldn't roll on my back in the dust with him. He made it obvious he found me dumber than a drowned kitten. His favourite sleeping place is
down the front of my dress, innocently resting his cheek on one of his pillows, winking occasionally.
Apollo thinks he's human, so he will only eat at a table, picking up food daintily, using his claws as fingers. He'll drink running water from the
tap, or organic milk out of a small cup.
He's extremely loving, and playful as a kitten still despite being nearly 10 years old. The trouble is his claws are huge and razor sharp, like his
teeth, and when he plays he doesn't realise what damage he's doing. But we would never clip his claws because he almost flies. He runs up tree
trunks and leaps so fast and far from branch to branch, often too high up to see him clearly.
He defends our house like a guard dog, and doggy style always knows when someone is due home, and waits out the front for them.
Occasionally he gets a bout of depression, and hides in a cupboard until we find him. He'll be really sad for days until we have him reassured again
that he's really loved.
Originally Apollo was a gift for a son with Aspergers. Now we all adore him, and he carefully divides his sleeping time at night so he can spend some
time on each of our beds. Oh, he also has very particular musical tastes. He loves old fashioned jazz and Ave Maria. If I'm playing stuff he likes at
the computer, he'll nudge the headphones until I let him wear them, and I'm sure his resonant purring is his way of singing along.