Needy Cat Chris

Chris on my lap

Chris on my lap – Not my best photograph but…

As I write this, Chris is napping on my lap. Oops… I disturbed him reaching for my phone to photograph him. I was able to get one bad picture before he disappeared.

There is a point to mentioning this. Chris has sought more attention from Rose and I since Tigger passed away. That is not to say he didn’t want attention before, it just seems like he has become even more needy lately.

Chris has always sought attention from other cats and received it. Usually he would lie down on top of or between two other cats, who would at first be annoyed with him but then would settle into washing his ears or something. This happened often with Tigger and Abbey who would be sleeping together and then would be suddenly awakened by Mr. Rudeness himself.

Now, all the cats we introduced Chris to three and a half years ago are gone. Tigger, Abbey, Alex and Flash have all passed away. We now have only Chris and our newest cat, Puck. The problem is, while Puck is a good cat, he prefers to sleep alone. He will play (fight) with Chris, which the other cats wouldn’t do, but he won’t sleep with him, so Chris has turned his attention to us when nap time comes around, which, for Chris, is not very often.

We feel bad for him and have even considered getting another cat but there are many problems with that idea. Someday we want to live in a motorhome and/or a boat and travel a bit. When that happens, we won’t have room for more than two cats. Even before that happens we may rent a small place near the beach and the same reasoning will apply. Also, we have no way to be sure the new cat will even like Chris. Judging from experience, that would probably be no.

Yesterday, Chris climbed to the top of the of the cat perch and lied on top of Puck and started washing his ears. This went on for a minute or two and Rose and I were hopeful that this would be their first nap together, but Puck then got up and left the perch, leaving Chris there by himself. So sad.

Perhaps as Puck matures a little more, things will change. We can only hope.

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7 thoughts on “Needy Cat Chris

  1. Colleen

    Poor lil/sweet! Chris…how sad – of course he needs more attention…he has lost all his best buds and sleeping buddies. Maybe Chris would like a big fluffy stuffed orange cat…to sleep with? I’ll advise you in advance…cats do NOT like nor do well at all on boats…they are terrified when on them… sorry!

  2. Charles Huss Post author

    We actually thought about getting another cat that would sleep with Chris but then came to our senses. I think Chris could handle the boat, he is pretty adventurous. Also, the boat would be docked 99 percent of the time. We might just opt to live in an RV or trailer. The ones we looked at with the pull-outs have a ton of room.

  3. Charles Huss Post author

    Reblogged this on Bad Cat Chris and commented:

    Chris does nap with Puck more now than when this post was written and even Frankie lets him be close now, but he is still the most needy cat of human attention that I have ever seen. I also predicted that a new cat (think Frankie) probably wouldn’t like Chris.

  4. onespoiledcat

    Sammy is an only cat as you know has periods of neediness all day long especially now that he’s getting older. I don’t mind that though – he usually doesn’t “need” me for longer than ten minutes or so before he’s off doing something else and I’m home all day long so it’s no biggie. As for living in an TV or boat – some cats do just FINE on boats (for instance Bailey or Purrsea – just two of the “boat cats” we follow)……Perhaps Puck will become more used to Chris’ “neediness” too and allow him to sleep with him……you can only hope!!


    1. Charles Huss Post author

      I follow both of the “boat cats” too. Puck and Frankie are more tolerant of Chris nowadays too but he is still needy. This morning Rose couldn’t sleep and got up early and let Chris sneak into the bedroom. He bothered me for an hour straight until I was forced to get up at 4:00 a.m.


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