This video of Cuddles is something that happens every day. You can hear from my voice a bit of exasperation because just as I have completely cleaned up in the kitchen for the morning (every morning), in walks Cuddles for more food. *sigh* And yes I know I recently posted a video of Cuddles and Rusty playing. What can I tell you? I have no control of what is going to happen especially with these cats. At least in this video you will see another side to Cuds Cuds. I do have several more videos that I plan on posting of other cats that live in this house too. (smile)
Cuddles is persistent and consistent if nothing else. When he wants to eat, nothing is going to get him to stop to do whatever it takes to get me to feed him. He is a 12-year old male rescued barn cat who we took into our home, when one day as a tiny kitten, he ran out of the barn and clung to my husband’s leg. He was starving, filthy, and nearly frozen and I’d like to point out, tiny.
For three days and nights my husband held him in an armchair because this kitten just didn’t want to let him go. Hence, the name Cuddles. This was after I gently bathed him in warm water and used my hair dryer to get him dry. He just couldn’t stop shaking. Now mind you, he was a little scrap of nothing when he was thusly named and at that time we had no idea he would grow into this huge male barn cat who now weighs around 15 pounds. When he decided to let go of hubby, for years afterwards he would not allow either hubby or I near him, biting, hissing, growing, and swatting at us if we tried to touch him. He went to a desperate cuddler to fierce warrior.
I have some permanent scars from this cat when I had to get near him. Years worth of patiently working with him to gain my trust gradually panned out. Today I am able to hold him without him fighting me (I’ve learned a special Cuddles grip when holding him to make sure he doesn’t swing at me with his right paw), pet him and touch him yes even on his stomach, and the latest victory, he allows me to do dental care on his teeth. That entails using an instrument to flick off the tartar (sometimes painful when gums are inflamed) before brushing his teeth.
And as I found out one day, the reason why he was so “nasty” is because his hips were out of place. Months worth of adjustments by me finally got those hips in place and his nature began to tend towards gentle. His official status in this house is Mr. Security due to how ferocious he used to be and to this day he will not allow me to trim his nails. Believe me he has daggers on those paws! Both hubby and I believe if anyone harmed either one of us, this cat would not hesitate to defend us.
The other players in this video are Doodles, another male rescued barn cat who is 11-years old, and my Calico, Ms. Sassy who is a rescued SPCA 12-year old female. She and her sisters were found abandoned in a field inside an old tire rim and brought to the SPCA. At the time of their rescue I was volunteering at this shelter and as soon as I saw them, fell in Love. I adopted Sassy and her sister Molly who is no longer with us.
More videos of my “fur kids” will be coming, probably on Mondays …
Photography/ “Cuddles” November 2016©AmyRose