The small gray cat called Isabella who arrived at our house over four years ago was extremely skittish. It was obvious that she had been mistreated at some point in her short life; she was torn between her enormous desire for affection and her fear of further abuse.
Within a few days, we gave her a new name, Lyra Silverfur, a play on the name of a character in Philip Pullman’s magical His Dark Materials trilogy. And we set about to convince her, each and every day, that people could be trusted.
We suceeded beyond our wildest expectations. Miss Lyra is the most social, affection-loving cat I know. When the petting she wants is not immediately forthcoming, she complains. Loudly. She head butts. She noses her way under an available hand. And she rarely tires of being petted, rubbed, scratched or groomed. While Lyra has many nicknames, two of the most commonly used, Bopster(ina) and Sponge, reflect her affection-seeking behavior.
She is a happy – and very well-loved – little cat. And she has a very cute pink tongue.
Get the dish on all the animals on the Friday Ark. Weekend Cat Blogging celebrates the silliness of cats at Rosa’s Yummy Yums. Sergei is excited that the Carnival of the Cats will be visiting his friends at the House of the (Mostly) Black Cats on Sunday.