Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Cobourg, Ontario, Canada
I don't think you have done anything wrong, and sounds like you did all the right things, playing with them when they were younger, etc. Around the age your cats are now is the equivalent of having teenagers, who want to exert their independence and do their own things. Most kitty's go through this phase, and yes decide they don't want to be picked up. I would just continue playing with them and showing affection, especially on their terms, but not exclusively either. If they're in a wiggly state when you pick them up, walk around with them a bit and go to a window to look out....better yet if there are birds, squirrels or people walking by. Cats can learn by name what squirrels or birdies are. One of those cat videos that have birds and squirrels on them are good at teaching them the names if you watch with them and name them. It you chat to one while carrying her to the window...say, "let's see if there are birdies?" cat will forget about being wiggly and concentrate on looking out the window. When she's starting to lose interest, put her down before she gets wiggly, then lavish praise on her. Most cats get snugglier as they get older, so don't give up on them. I especially think Lily will turn around as she likely had better socialization to people and more handling from her breeder than Lucy did, who may have missed out on that, and may turn out to be what I call a "cat's cat"....likes other cats better than people. All the best.
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Alkitotle aka "Alkee", "Lambie" (July 2/04 - Oct. 2/15) -- white Devon Rex
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