Thursday, June 3, 2010

Melly and the Quest for Snuggles

One of Melly's goals in life seems to be finding the Ultimate Snuggle Spot. When a human is unavailable for cuddling, she curls up in odd places like up against the vacuum cleaner and in a corner of the kitchen on the floor. At night, she wriggles about - around my neck, on my head, against my stomach, next to my feet - and does not stop until she finds the warmest, cuddliest spot.

The other day, Melly attempted to snuggle with Scarlett. She's tried before, but Scarlett doesn't usually let her get so close. This time Melly actually managed to lay down and curl up against her before Scarlett grumpily departed for her favorite spot on the cat tree.

13 comments:

Anne Boleyn said...

You can just hear Melly saying, "Oh no, don't go".

Sylvestermiasmomma said...

Aww Melly, maybe missing your littermates or your first Momma? Scarlett, give Melly a cuddle, you will enjoy the warmth.

carmar76 said...

awww... she just wants some snuggles!!

Katnip Lounge said...

It's a start! Fingers crossed for further developments...

Geoff said...

On the other hand, Melly has a fairly standard reaction to Scarlett departed the attempted snuggle zone; she simply curls up and stays put. This has led me to wonder if she's simply contenting herself with the leftover warmth from Scarlett's previous presence, or if she's using snuggles to drive S from a spot that she covets.

Rene said...

Scarlett's face in the first photo is classic--what the heck are you doing?

Anonymous said...

Geoff don't be so hard on Melly. She's a kitten! Kittens, like most warm-blooded living creatures, like to snuggle and share warmth. Melly has probably figured out by now that if Scarlett takes off there isn't much chance she would let her snuggle somewhere else.

Natalie said...

Anon: Melly likes to kick Scarlett out of her nap spots so she can steal the warmth: http://theadventuresofscarlettandmelly.blogspot.com/2010/05/melly-scarlett.html. Melly's a clever little thing, so Geoff may not be wrong. I do like to think she honestly wanted snuggles, though :)

Geoff said...

Rene, agreed. Scarlett makes some of the best faces...of displeasure.

Anon, I was thinking about it while driving this morning, that I didn't couch that theory as well as I might have. I'm also of the mind that her attention span might be short enough that the process is more like this:

- 'want snuggles, where is large cat?...oooh, there she is!'
- [hops up to wherever Scarlett may be peacefully napping]
- 'ooh, yeah, this is JUST the thing. Mmmmm, wait...why is large cat moving and getting up? No, large cat! Stay here, want to snuggle! Well, fine, if you're leaving...
- [bats at Scarlett a few times until S growls then hops from couch, bed, whatever perch]
- *sigh* Oh well, large cat is gone now, what shall I do for snuggl...ooh! A WARM SPOT!!!

And then she curls up in Scarlett's warmth, having completely forgotten that she went there for snuggles.

So, you see, Anon, I don't mean to be hard on Melly, just throwing out a possible alternate theory.

Amy and The House of Cats said...

Oh Melly - don't worry Scarlett will hopefully be more willing to snuggle in the future. It can take time to get to that point. My cats will snuggle with non-human, non-cat items too, but then again they will just suddenly decide it is nap time so that is probably part of the reason why.

Anonymous said...

Geoff that makes a lot of sense. Of course lately our grown kitty has decided the best place to sleep is in the chair in front of my husband's computer. Then again, we're just the people who work to pay for his food, treats, toys, etc. so why should we mind?

Marlene said...

Scarlett does have awesome expressions. I'd say "poor Melly" but we all know better. Heehee... very cute though. Melly's expression of: Why are you leaving Scarlett??? is also quite adorable.

Anonymous said...

I just hear Melly saying "but..but..but...where you goin?"