It certainly doesn't feel like it, but it's been two years since we brought our favourite Ginger Nut home.
That's how he looked when he first arrived and he clearly wasn't amused. He was eight months old and those eight months must have been pretty traumatic for him, because he was not at all thrilled with the prospect of human contact. But little by little he warmed up to us, and has become more relaxed and trusting.
But he definitely remains my little Enigma Cat. Dave says he's just bi-polar. One minute he can be sweet and loving, the next he wants nothing to do with you.
He's also the most jealous cat I've ever met. The easiest way to get Rupert's attention is to pet another cat where he can see you.
Then he's right in there like a dirty sock, looking for his share of loving. He gets along well with both Peno and Burton
But his relationship with Relic is still rocky. Though I often find them sleeping close together...
...Rupert still has to grump at Relic every time they make eye contact. He's definitely a little cat (6lbs 6 oz) with a BIG attitude.
He is an absolute sun worshipper - if there's a sunbeam, he's in it. Sometimes I wonder if it's because of his small size. Maybe he just can't generate enough body heat on his own. He certainly seeks out cuddles much more in the colder months. I think he's just using us for warmth.
And though he frequently looks like Mr. Serious, he's definitely go a playful side. He's obsessed with the red dot - if I so much as jiggle the tin we keep it in, he'll appear from out of no where.And every night between 10 pm and midnight, Ginger Nuts mode kicks in and he starts zooming from one end of the house to the other. He especially loves it when the Fluffer Nutter (Burton) joins him.
While I don't think I'll ever really understand him, I'm happy to have him as part of our home, because he's just so much fun to try to figure out.