It's been two years since Lucy (a.k.a. Gertrude) walked through our front door and settled into the place. Since then Lucy has grown quite comfortable sharing a house with three adult humans (sometimes swelling to four), two Labs, and two other cats. She has, in particular, grown fond of me, a situation that based on my past experiences with cats I thought would never ever happen. But then here she is.
|She who must be obeyed.|
|Lucy sleeping on my overstuffed chair.|
|Reaching out to touch Judy while she sleeps.|
One thing she does, which she's been doing for some time, is reaching out to touch us while she's resting. I've been ill this weekend, so today while I was lying on the sofa, Lucy came up and settled above me on the back of the sofa, and then reached down with her paw to touch me. An example of her paw touching is above, where Lucy's touching Judy's foot while the two of them nap together.
I've read you're not supposed to anthropomorphize your pets, but I know affectionate loving behavior when I see it. Lucy's like every other creature living with us, and every other domesticated creature living in this world; all they want is to love and be loved. If we can't understand that and respond humanely, then we humans really are monsters.
Olympus E-P2 with M.Zuiko 17mm, top two photos.
Olympus E-3 with Sigma 30mm, bottom photo.