Saw the rerun today with Minibar the "70% domesticated" cat. I'm sure Carre, her owner, would call herself a cat person because she has two (three, with Minibar) but she's not what I would call a cat person. When she was gushing over her "hidden" litterbox I thought, I bet that litterbox doesn't get cleaned very often, and what I saw with the two "open" boxes made me think I was right. If you don't clean those up when someone with a camera is coming over, I bet you don't clean them very much the rest of the time. Yuck! And the whole time, the Minibar situation was all about her. "I want a cat who is comforted when I pet her," not "I want a cat who feels safe," or "I want a cat who is happy." The cat had to be comforted by HER. Even at the end, she was so happy to be petting Minibar while the cat was curled up sleeping as close to a corner as she could get. I'll reach over and rub my cat when I go by, if he's sleeping, but if he STAYS sleeping I leave him be until he decides to come over to me. A cat who's ready to be interacted with will uncurl from a sleeping position and stretch out to be petted. Or at least reach his head up toward your hand. Minibar was just tolerating it. I felt kind of bad for Banzai, curled up awake nearby, who would probably have liked some attention.
I was interested in Jackson's take that a cat can only be domesticated or feral, not a percentage of either.
ETA: I forgot about Duff! Such an easy fix, to get him a better litter box and get him "up" onto the ledge in the room, and yet it worked. I hope people who watch are maybe seeing things that their cats could benefit from.
Edited by Mystery, Mar 3, 2012 @ 10:27 PM.