I've been flirting with my neighbour - but his mum says it's OK

@boiboing (12204)
Northampton, England
April 1, 2017 2:51pm CST
I have been luring a neighbour over, lavishing him with affection and offering tasty treats to encourage him to stick around. Don't worry. I've spoken to his mum and she says it's OK and she knows I'm flirting with him for entirely noble reasons. His name is Ben and he's a little black cat - in fact he's almost the doppelganger of my little black cat, Bagheera. Since Bagheera lost his mum about 10 days ago, he's been very 'clingy' and is following me around the house all the time, demanding to sit on my lap, to lie on top of me and to be let in and out of the house every five minutes. So I've been inviting Ben to come and play so that Bagheera won't be so lonely. I've always been fond of Ben, always stop and give him a cuddle, but now he's learned that he'll get a few 'Dreamies' (ultra tasty cat treats also known as 'kitty crack') if he follows me home. Ben has a fluffy ginger brother who is scared of his own shadow but likes a good cat fight, and he lives in a home with two mums and three children between 10 and 15 years old. He's not getting much attention these days so I'm happy to give him a bit of a fuss when I see him.
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@Morleyhunt (19539)
• Canada
1 Apr 17
Fussing over the neighbours cat is so much easier.....all the joy...none of the responsibilities.
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@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
1 Apr 17
My neighbour's cat runs into my house at every opportunity. There are also a few strays that I have been feeding for about a year, so they spend all day in my back garden.
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@boiboing (12204)
• Northampton, England
2 Apr 17
Cat-love is very special.
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• United States
1 Apr 17
What a sweet post! There is always joy in being around animals.
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@Corbin5 (100160)
• United States
1 Apr 17
This flirtation seems to be working out quite well!!!
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@boiboing (12204)
• Northampton, England
2 Apr 17
Ben and I were buddies for a long time before I started giving him biscuits. My husband is telling me off for spoiling him.
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@Corbin5 (100160)
• United States
2 Apr 17
@Jessicalynnt (47790)
• Centralia, Missouri
3 Apr 17
I am glad to see there are some other kitties there in need of lovings, and hope bagheera adjusts ok. Losing pets is never easy, for anyone.
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@celticeagle (117267)
• Boise, Idaho
1 Apr 17
Ah, these cats sure sound adorable. My daughter likes black cats. Has had several. I like tabbies. Orange and grey.
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@Hatley (164743)
• Garden Grove, California
1 Apr 17
yes those klilnds of neighbors are fun to flirt with love cats olol ha ppy April fools daytoo
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@TheHorse (62296)
• Pleasant Hill, California
2 Apr 17
I'm glad you have mum's approval. I hope Bagheera and Ben strike up a good enough friendship that you have some time to yourself (though a purring kitty is hard to resist). What happened to Bagheera's mom?
@boiboing (12204)
• Northampton, England
2 Apr 17
They have been hanging out together for many years but now he's an only kitty, I'm making more attempts to get Bagheera to play nice with the other cats so he's not quite so dependent on us.
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@TheHorse (62296)
• Pleasant Hill, California
2 Apr 17
@boiboing Sounds like a good plan. Is he protective of his humans, though?
@boiboing (12204)
• Northampton, England
2 Apr 17
@TheHorse Protective? Hmm, I'm not sure that's the word. Clinging like a barnacle on a ships bottom.
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@LadyDuck (147879)
• Switzerland
2 Apr 17
I have the same situation here, a lovely black cat who is not shy at all and comes to visit our house every morning and evening and her little brother (a ginger cat) that is scared by his shadow. I have not seen my kitty this morning and I am already panicking.
@boiboing (12204)
• Northampton, England
2 Apr 17
It's funny that your ginger friend is also timid. Fred (as in Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers), is a big fluffy thing who is astonishingly confident if I go into his house and will sit on me and dribble with excitement, but if I go up to him outside his house he runs away. He once got into our house and hid under the spare bed. It took nearly a day to get him out again.
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@LadyDuck (147879)
• Switzerland
2 Apr 17
@boiboing I do not know why ginger cats are so timid. I hope to have good news about my lovely black kitty, they had a very sweet silver cat last year and she was killed on the road. They should pay more attention, I blame the 5 children in the house.
@katsmeow1213 (29029)
• United States
2 Apr 17
If you lived nearby I'd give you Twilight..She's becoming the biggest pain in my... She's taken to sleeping in my chair... which is fine, except for when I want to use it. So I try to shoo her out of it and she literally won't move. I shoo a bit harder, giving her a hearty nudge, and she meows at me all grumpily, but still doesn't move. So finally I pick her up and remove her from my chair.. all the while she's giving me a nasty little meow telling me she's not at all pleased. No big deal, right.. after cat owner deals with this.... But then I get up to grab a drink, come back and she's in my chair and I go through it all over again. Then I get up to let the dog out, and come back.. you guessed it, she's in my chair again. Start dinner.. she takes the chair. Stir dinner, she takes the chair... I don't have to be gone for more than 5 seconds and she's back in the chair.. Eventually I get very impatient when trying to remove her from the chair, but she continues to be as stubborn as the first time... Oh, and by the way.. this has been a daily occurrence for quite some time.. Funny thing is, if I decide to sit on the sofa to watch a movie, she'll sleep near my head on the sofa, leaving my chair alone. Then I usually end up shooing her off the sofa because she scratches my head every time she stretches..
@boiboing (12204)
• Northampton, England
2 Apr 17
Shes in YOUR chair? I think as she sees it you are in HER chair.
• United States
3 Apr 17
@boiboing I think she just truly enjoys annoying me!
@Tampa_girl7 (24930)
• United States
2 Apr 17
We also have a black kitty
@boiboing (12204)
• Northampton, England
2 Apr 17
I saw him on your post, sitting in a basket.
@JudyEv (119003)
• Bunbury, Australia
2 Apr 17
Hopefully he'll be good company for Bagheera.