Latest Viola story
My little girl, Viola,is a delightful little package.
She’s a happy, playful, wildly affectionate girl....but, with strangers, she likes to take her time to size them up before offering her friendship.
She’s interested and curious with them, but makes friends and allows touch on her terms....usually by hopping up behind them on the sofa back, sniffing their hair for a while and, if they pass some test known only to her, she’ll start mussing their hair! If she really loves you, she may pounce on your head and play bite.
Anyway, yesterday, a neighbour I haven’t met before came round to try on a pair of shoes that are too big for me.
This lady adores cats, but viola has met lots of cat lovers before without behaving like this.
As soon as the visitor sat, Viola sat closely in front of her on the coffee table, and gazed into the visitor’s eyes with stunning intensity. She is an intense eye contact cat...I can just do cat smiles at her with my eyes, or say her name, and she gazes back and rolls on her back, does somersaults or vocalises lovingly....or all three....but this was so intense the visitor described it as mesmerising
As she stared, viola tilted her head and began reaching out to touch the visitor’s face. Again, she touches my face a lot....but a stranger?
The only way I can describe it is to say it was like the gaze between people who are falling in love.....you know that time when you just want to look into each others’ eyes and be in bliss? Or the gaze between in infant and mother when they are deeply bonded.
The visitor found it very moving and enchanting. So did I.
Has anyone seen their cat react like this to a stranger?