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Fear of Flight

April 21, 2012

My beautiful Izzy girl seems to have a sixth sense when it comes to my travel schedule. Well before I pull out my suitcases or start gathering my things, she will begin to circle me, slowly drawing closer and closer to me until she is glued to my side. Given that she is one who gives and takes love in small, controlled doses, it’s always interesting to watch her go through the ritual.

Her latest dance of anxiety started last weekend. She began following me around, watching my every move from a safe distance. As the week progressed, she ventured into my office, strutting around, flashing me her now-famous head tilt and asking for loves, but always staying just out of reach of my hand.

By last night, when I finally pulled out my suitcases, her need was full blown. She followed me upstairs and laid on the couch next to me as I packed. She kneaded a blanket for comfort and produced the loudest purr her soft voice could muster.

When I finally crawled into bed at 1 a.m., she plastered her body close to mine and insisted on cuddling against the curl of my body for the three short hours of sleep I managed to carve out for myself. I woke a couple of times during the night to find that she only moved when I would stroke her soft fur. At those times, she would stretch and roll over onto her back as she pressed closer to me. Since she hates her belly being touched, it was clear she was looking for every bit of comfort she could find before I slipped out into the early morning, suitcases in hand.

When I finally left, she was nowhere to be found. True to her nature, when times are the scariest, she flees to the safety of her chosen hiding place, refusing to even endure a final goodbye skritch to the head.

 

4 Comments
  1. Meaue permalink

    She is just so beautiful! I got me a snowshoe mix and he is the same way. They are so low maintenance but so loving when they need it…. But so elusive when they need it…..

    • Thank you! It’s good to know another snowshoe-lover. I absolutely adore her personality, but I know the snowshoe temperament can be an acquired taste. She’s the first cat to introduce me to the foot-stomping, tail-quivering kitty happy dance. I had no idea what I was looking at the first time I saw it, but now I love when she breaks out into dance. Gus has even started doing it and he didn’t when I first adopted him.

  2. Hey Julie. Izzy is so beautiful. Poor thing may be suffering from separation anxiety which is quite underdiagnosed in cats. I highly recommend feliway spray/diffuser which is a pheromone that can help calm her down. Otherwise, it is best you discuss her issues with your local vet or maybe even a vet behaviourist to tackle the problem early before it escalates. Best of luck!

    • Wow! I never thought of separation anxiety, but that makes sense. I have a family member who comes and stays with the crew while I’m away. And while she adores him (he feels sorry for her and gives her a little extra kibble, after all), I know snowshoes have their person who they latch onto for grounding. For Izzy, that’s me. I have used Feliway before when I introduced Zoey to the crew. May be time to drag out the diffuser again. Thanks for the advice!

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