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Another HUGE Teia break through.

I'll put a picture in the album.

Tuesday and Wednesday night, Miss Teia wanted a people to sleep on, so I stretched out in the recliner in the TV room and she settled in for the night.

The first night, Buff lay beside me, on the other side of my leg from her.

The second night, something I NEVER thought I'd see.  Teia was settled between my knees.  Buff came and laid down, draped over my leg, his paw and head nestled against her shoulder.

Both nights, Cooper was on the top of the recliner against my head.

I never thought Teia would ever have a kitty friend, let alone go to sleep with body contact.

She had previously not been bothered if they lay down a foot or two away.
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242912 tn?1402543492
This is amazing, Pip!!  What exciting news to wake up to this morning.  And what a dedicated and awesome fur dad you are (well, that's always gone w/o saying) to sleep in the recliner just for her.  
134578 tn?1614729226
That's so sweet!  And they say an old cat can't learn new tricks.  She obviously trusts the safety you represent.
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For the new folks...Miss Teia Honey will be 18 in December.  We adopted her in June 2009 at the age of 10 1/2.  She was still semi-feral as the folks who had her before us had rescued her from a neighbor kid that hurt her (she was about 6 months old), got her fully vetted (including spay), and then gave her a safe haven in their house (food, water, litter box and a room), but spent very little time trying to socialize her.

I was unwilling to accept that she could not be reached.  Both Anita and I spent lots of time with her, while not neglecting Kestrel, Hildiekatt and Chesapeake (all 3 now living in fond memory).  After 5 months she sat next to me on top of the bed for the 1st time.  After 11 months she let me pick her up for the 1st time.  By then, she was eating all her meals just outside the room where she spent most of her time (usually under the bed or in the closet) with Hildiekatt just a foot or so away.  This was the limit of her social life with the other cats.

2 years ago we adopted Cooper (dark grey) and Buff (ginger) at about 5 months of age.  They are our first boy cats in our near 34 years of having cats together, and were rescued from a horrible, ongoing hoarding situation in Harrisburg, PA.

The boys have put on a charm offensive from the beginning.

This is what I hoped would happen some day.
506791 tn?1439842983
Had another little break through for Miss Teia this morning.

Buff was sitting on a shelf by one of the windows. Miss Teia jumped up on the end table right by, lifted her paw, reached out to touch him, he lay down and she stepped over the gap to sniff his flank.

First time I've seen her initiate social contact.
Hey Pip.

  I just love Miss Teia!  And the boys putting on a charm offensive from the very beginning, well said and well done.  Buff & Cooper were just meant to be for her.  Off to look at your album.
Thanks for sharing.


495284 tn?1333894042
Hi Pip!!  I have missed these updates on Miss Teia!  I still remember when Buff and Cooper were in the nursery!  Off to check out the album!
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