Husker, who is the cat formerly known as Fluffball, continues to be my weird and wonderful roommate. She is very shy and afraid of most everything; I suspect she had a rough kittenhood due to a notch on one of her ears. But she is also very loving and growing (mentally) every day. I had originally chosen her above others, because nobody else was giving her any attention, which is the clear sign of the best choice.
It has been a great experience to watch her blossom. She is still shy, but likes to be near me. Sometimes she comes to me and mews for attention, and to play with the Cat Dancer (which is one of her favorite things in life). Other loves of hers include being brushed, grooming me, dry food and Greenies, and the radiator. She’s also patient, and has not once pulled her claws on me. She does not claw furniture, or get into messes. Really, she is a very sweet girl that just required some time to open up – and I’m sure she will continue to do just that.
I find she also has a number of very cute oddities. Most cats love sitting in boxes and paper bags. She bites them. Most cats like to knead their bed before they fall asleep. She likes to sleep at the foot of my bed and lick my blanket. And if her kitty carrier is open with the door on the ground, she likes to sleep on the door.
The only things she’s asked of me are patience, love, and attention (plus food, every morning. She asks for that more directly), and I’m happy to oblige. A big thanks to Miriam, Dawn, and all the other great people at KittyKind who do great work every day.
One final note: Husker is FIV+. That does not affect how we interact whatsoever. She is a wonderful cat, and I’m happy to have her. It is not transferable to humans, and although it does hamper her immune system similarly to HIV, it is in no way the “kitty AIDS” that people claim it to be. Plus, if you go to an adoption center planning to get an FIV+ cat, you will be immensely popular.