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Feb 5, 2013 9:27 AM CST
Name: Rick Corey
Pacific NorthWet Zone 8a
>> whatever will he do if he knows we are all admiring him!!!

At home, he turns away and pretends not to notice ... while his ears flick showing he's lapping it up eagerly. It is, after all, only his due.

With strangers, he's timid for about 20 seconds, i guess until he feels safe. Then he's a total attention junkie. He shows off and plays cute as long as someone is ohhhh-ing and awwww-ing.

Now that he doesn't run away from the neighbor cats, he has a reputation and his dignity to uphold. He doesn't like to be seen with "his humans". Somehow that's embarrassing, like a kid being hugged when dropped off at school. My sister, who taught in Jr. High, calls it "too cool for school".

If I'm working outside, and he comes out, he elaborate ignores me. If I talk directly to him, hes embarrassed and stalks away indignantly.

When I sit on the back porch, Toby likes to climb up and be held. But what a dilemma! He can't let neighbor cats see him slumming with a human. He prowls around looking for any cat who might be watching, then jumps up. But his head keeps swiveling so he won't get caught. Each noise makes him turn and look.

Before he got chummy with other cats, he would just climb up, purr and snooze.

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