Another Tale of Tiger and Benji

This morning I went outside to have my coffee by the stream and some quiet time alone.

It wasn’t long before Tiger emerged from hiding and approached me where I sat.

Although he’s not a lap cat,  I knew he wanted to jump up but didn’t have the nerve.  There were risks involved known only to him – perhaps baggage from long ago.

I spoke encouraging words and hoped he would overcome whatever held him back.  He’s a sweet old boy, timid and slow to change..

While he thus pondered, the youngster showed up with no such reserve and the message was clear – “Out of my way old timer!!”

Tiger missed his chance and he knew it and headed to the woodpile – there will be other times.

‘Oh Benji,’ I sighed, ‘did you have to run him off?’

But there was no response just contentment.

Benji has baggage too.  Of surviving the streets and a crazy cat house.  Feisty, yes, but also sweet as can be.

Rescue cats –  they’re different as night and day these two. And I love them both.

~ Susanne

14 Comments on “Another Tale of Tiger and Benji

  1. It was kind of Tiger to give way to Benji. And there may well have been something interesting in that wood pile. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

    • That’s one way to look at it! Sometimes I wish Tiger would stand up for himself a little more but that’s just not in his nature. And I suppose it’s more peaceful this way. 🙂

  2. I am glad you rescued them both. Every cat is unique, just like people.

  3. We’ve had cats who just weren’t lap cats as well as snuggly kitties. I’ve also seen the not-a-lap- cat ones slowly change. Tiger sure looks like he was thinking about it . . . and what stunning green eyes! Beautiful pictures of both kitties, Susanne!

    • Thanks so much for your comment! I think Tiger really wants to get on my lap sometimes but can’t quite overcome the hurdles. But I think it’s coming. 🙂

  4. I am very familiar with rescue dogs and I didn’t even realize there were rescue cats. Thanks for the wonderful photos of your boys.

  5. They are both so absolutely cute!! We had an outdoor cat who later became a lap-cat. That was Scamper, a large orange tabby/Maine Coon. It took a long time though, and my husband always said he thought someone else was taming him because he would disappear for days on end and then show back up. And eventually he became a real snuggler🐱

    • Aw great story! I think Tiger wants to be a lap cat but doesn’t quite know how. I think he’ll overcome eventually. Benji is all about cuddling all the time! 😁🐱

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