We’ve had some thunderstorms and other scary disturbances around here the last few days, and I know that Thomas has been a little freaked out by the noise. So, I decided that today should be Soothing Sunday, a day dedicated to making Thomas feel safe and secure. It started early this morning when the Guardians let me into Kitty Valhalla so I could start the soothing process. I found Thomas tucked into one of the cubby holes under the window. I tucked Myself into the adjacent cubby and just let him know everything was OK.
After just sitting with him for awhile and letting him know that he wasn’t alone, I invited Thomas out to play. He’s usually pretty shy about playing out in the open, but to My surprise he agreed to give it a try. After a few minutes of batting at the feather, he relaxed quite a bit. We both laid down and swatted at the feather as it passed between us.
At this point, Brother Henry asked to come into Valhalla. Brother Henry is so big that he often makes Thomas nervous when he comes too close. My attempts at soothing Thomas made him less nervous though. Brother Henry was able to walk up and greet him with a nose sniff and Thomas returned the greeting without hissing!
Brother Oliver decided that he too wanted to join in on the Soothing efforts. He entered Kitty Valhalla and exchanged a greeting with Thomas too. Everyone was nice and relaxed. In fact, Brother Oliver plopped down on the Sacred White Cloud of Eternal Comfiness, I plopped down on the floor, Thomas perched on the kitty hammock, and we all just sat and enjoyed each other’s company.
We eventually left the room when Thomas fell asleep. I am very happy with the way the morning of Soothing Sunday went, and we plan to repeat our soothing efforts later today when Thomas wakes up from his nap. He’s still not ready to have the run of the house, but the more comfortable he becomes with all of us in his current accommodations, the less likely it will be that we run into trouble when he is allowed a bit more freedom. Who knows, maybe one day I’ll even let him take a turn at updating The Blog of Otis. Only time will tell.
So Sayeth Otis