I have been concerned about Orion this week. His ears have been very red and quite warm, but he seems to be doing better. But in watching him closely I am made more aware of how incredible he is.
Orion is my Momma's kitty. He wants to be near me at almost all times. If I get up and go somewhere, he almost always follows me. He spends most every night in bed with me. If I go sit on the porch and leave him inside, he sits at the screen and meows for me. While I am watching TV, which I do on the computer, he spends most of his time on the desk right in front of the screen. Occasionally he will go somewhere else and lay down but keeps me in view.
When I go to bed he is right there beside me. He lays on a pillow up near my head. Close enough that I can pet him, but also far enough away that I can reach up a hand and give his little paw a squeeze of love. When I have his paw in my hand and am giving it that little squeeze, he clenches up his paw as if he is giving me that little squeeze of love right back. Very often I will open my hand, but leave his paw in the palm of my hand. He will then adjust himself to lay his head on his paw and go to sleep that way. Or sometimes we are laying in such a way that he moves his paw to my arm, and lays his head in the palm of my hand and goes to sleep. Sometimes I move my arm away and he reaches out with his little paw curved to pull it back. I can't tell you how much these rituals warm my heart and make it glow. One night I woke up during the middle of the night and we were forehead to forehead....it was very sweet.
When he lays in my lap, he is content to stay there for hours. If I didn't have to get up and move, he wouldn't get up and move.
He is more Meezer than Junior was, or Sammy is. He does more talking than the two of them combined. He does not hesitate to talk to me about everything. I only wish I could understand. And he is the quickest to purr, and purrs long and loud.
He follows me to the door, and would go with me if it didn't involve a car ride. And he is waiting for me at the door when I get home. While my friend was living with me, she told me that Orion would meow at the door for a bit after I left. Such a sweet boy. I think he would be happiest if I was at home all the time.
He loves to be scritched anywhere on his head, and along his jawline is one of his favorite places. As you all know, he pulls out his fur about midway down his back to his tail and then some off his tail. I recently saw a diagram of how the muscles are affected in cats who are declawed. So I have started doing a bit of light massage just on each side of his spine near where he pulls out his fur. He will lay there quietly while I do this, and as I continue he will close his eyes in contentment. I believe it feels good to him. He doesn't like this near his back hips, but I will keep working on it. This is the most he has let me touch him in those areas since he adopted me. I truly hope it helps him.
Well, I can't think of anything else to say about my sweet boy right now, so I will get this posted.