When Fister first began to spend quality time with us, he was very rarely relaxed, and it was some time before he found himself a bit of territory he dared to sit and relax in.
The very first spot. ďIíve got my eye on you!Ē
His first favourite place became the end of the long corridor running through our flat. I wondered for a long time why he chose such an uncomfortable position instead of the soft rug close by in the next room, then one day it clicked. It was the only place in the whole flat where he could see all movements at all times. It was impossible to enter the flat or move from any one room to another without him seeing it! All traffic could be monitored from that one position. Cats rarely do anything without there being a good reason. Shortly after that he plucked up courage and began to lie under our telephone table, so when we were given a little cat bed, we put that there and he accepted it immediately.
So itís a bit small - but thatís no problem!
The next step was an important one, and we should have realised at that time that he was beginning his conquest of all areas of our home. He decided that our old arm chair was a suitable place to relax, and it became his main area, he even began to fall asleep there for longer periods without having to be constantly on the alert.
This is my chair - have I made myself clear?
The all time favourite (still used) was under our bed. He likes small confined spaces, and soon after that he took over the space under the wardrobe (also still very popular).
Canít I have a bit of peace around here?
Then he discovered that he could sit in the windowsills without fear, and now many pleasant hours pass checking out the local residents, the birds, falling leaves, the dogs or anything else that moves. And it is also an excellent place to chill out in the morning sun! The kitchen window of course gives him a view over his childhood home, and I think he spends many hours out there at night while we sleep soundly. We had to clear an area for him, or be woken up at night by the sound of kitchen utensiles crashing to the floor immediately followed by a mad galloping cat!
Arenít I just cute?
This isnít bad either!
Since then the bathroom has also become a popular place to pass time, the drain has always fascinated him, and he will spend hours in there just staring at it or sleeping on the bathroom mat.
I donít think there are many places in our flat that he doesnít know intimately now, he spent many of his earlier nights here exploring every inch of the place, so whether itís the bathroom, the kitchen, the computer or the arm chair, they are all HIS TERRITORY!
Donít forget - this is MY bed!
By the way, I almost forgot to mention the place he spends most of his time nowadays - our bed! Heís dominated that for so long that weíve almost forgotten that it used to be OUR territory. That tale is told in a previous post, see Battle of the bed
So be carefull, these critters are merciless when it comes to ownership of territory!