Things that make you go :)
Velvet isn't overly affectionate. He's the type that chooses when and where the affection will be doled out. A strictly, "don't pick me up and put me in your lap. I'll come to you when I want to" sort of kitty.
Today, he's been driving me mad. Getting into places he didn't belong, knocking things down, crying over his food bowl (he can be greedy sometimes) and running around like a lunatic. NOTHING was working. I took time out to play with him. He ignored my efforts. I gave him some cat nip. He rolled in it half heartedly. Gave him his favorite toy. Took a few disinterested swipes at it. Though he did gobble up his food as usual. Typical.
So finally, after he nearly brought everything in my storage closet tumbling down (I hadn't closed it properly), I stormed over and shut the door and looked down about to say "NO" in my sternest voice and just melted. I know cats don't have emotions like we do, but he seemed...dejected. I picked him up, sat down and placed him on my lap and started petting him. I fully expected him to wriggle out of my grasp and stalk away like he usually does. Instead, he gave a big sigh, shut his eyes and fell promptly to sleep, purring like a fiend all the while. We stayed that way for about 15 minutes when I finally and reluctantly had to remove him from my lap so I could get back to studying. But I tell you, it's like magic. He seems to be in a much better mood now and is back to chasing after his favorite ball. And he's made the person he owns quite happy by "allowing" me to hold him in my lap.
Man, if I'd known a few hours earlier that he just wanted some extra affection, I would have saved so many headaches today. But this stubborn kitten seems to have too much pride to actually ask for extra head scrubbles.
Aren't cats wonderfully odd creatures?