Thomas has tried to resist. He really has. But the Guardians of Otis just won’t take no for an answer. Day after day, baby step by baby step, they are working their way into the doubting heart of this former Limbo kitty. And the slow, patient, methodical approach is really paying off. For instance, look at this:
Obviously though, the Guardians didn’t just reach out and pet Thomas overnight. They have been earning his trust for months now. Every single night before bed, one of the Guardians has play time with Thomas. At first, Thomas did nothing but sit in his favorite cubby hole and glare, but the allure of a feather toy proved too much to resist. Once he was used to regular play sessions with the feather toy, the Guardian began to periodically try to “pet” Thomas with the stick to which the feather was attached. He kept retreating at first, but eventually seemed to like it. After that, the Guardian started moving his hand closer and closer to Thomas on the handle of the stick. After a while, he was able to pet Thomas with the stick in hand.
Thomas is still unpredictable, and the Guardians need to read his body language very closely to make sure he doesn’t bite or scratch a hand that intends to pet him, but it really is amazing how far he has come on this journey. Last night, for the first time, Thomas rubbed his body against one of the Guardian’s legs. He seemed a little shocked that he had done it, but that too will become a normal part of his routine in time. The best thing about his progress is that he now purrs constantly during his nightly play/attention sessions. The fear that he had to constantly cling to as a matter of survival when he was an outdoor kitty is finally loosening its grip on him. Seeing him become happier by the day is truly a beautiful thing.
So Sayeth Otis