Great way to look at how to be loved. Just a great blog post! Enjoy as I did!
My cat has always been affectionate.
But she has only recently become wise.
For most of her 17 years, she would only allow affection on her terms. If she was picked up, she would squirm out while uttering an irritated yowl. If she was caressed, she would walk away, only to return later to demand attention when she was ready.
When she was the affection instigator, she would stay still for hours, soaking up the strokes and vibrating the air with her purrs.
She loved to be loved. But only on her terms.
At some point in her advancing years, she must have calculated that by accepting affection only on her terms, she was limiting the amount of attention she would receive. Perhaps she learned this from watching the dogs, who were always willing to accept care, even if it interrupted their important activities.
She still approaches and asks for…
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