Now, there’s absolutely no way I could write an inclusive list of all the things I absolutely adore about my cat, Avery. I don’t think any one of us could come up with a complete list like this about our pets; there will always be so much we’ve forgotten or left out. But regardless of the fact that we’ll never be able to list all the things we love about them, I think it’s nice to try to put together a list like this every so often anyway, as they’re the kinds of quirks it’s lovely to look back on one day in the future when they maybe don’t do those same quirky things any longer.
Avery, for example, had a habit back in Canada of hopping to the window sill to “inspect” the outside world before bed time, all the while beating out a rhythm with his tail for 10-15 minutes before he followed me into bed to sleep. He no longer does this, maybe because the windows here make it hard for him to, maybe because he doesn’t find our current view as interesting, who knows. Either way, it’s nice for me to think back on that little quirk of his because it makes me smile, as I always loved it when he did it in the past.
Same with these face plants –
Picture from post Phone Picture Roundup Part II: Sleeping Cat Pictures
They still happen every so often, but they’re definitely more rare than before. 100% one of my favourite things that Avery does!
We’ve had a cozy kind of week in our home considering Thomas has been recovering from a pretty rough cold. A lazy week you could call it, but I definitely feel those chill days are the ones you feel most connected to those around you, especially when it comes to pets.
So it’s put me in a bit of a sentimental mood I guess. Sparking this post. Enough of a preamble, though, let’s get into a few of my favourite things about my cat, Avery.
[ Once you’re done reading, I’d love for you to write a comment down below letting me know about a few of your favourite things about your pets. If you have a pet blog yourself (I know a number of my readers don’t have one, but many of you do!) and you’d like to write a post about this yourself since the comments section is a bit limiting, please do and leave me a comment below linking to your post so I can take a look! I’m so in the mood to read through sentimental/super sappy posts like that! 🙂 ]
A Few of My Favourite Things About My Cat Avery
- Avery’s resting face is a pretty grumpy/sad looking face.
But by god do I love it. He has such a frowny demeanour pretty much all the time that I feel my inner grumpy old woman is satisfied to always be looking at his grumpy lil’ face. I feel like I’ve always had resting sad face myself (and I’m not alone, even Kit Harington from Game of Thrones admits he has one!), so it’s comforting to be around a pet that essentially has a resting sad face, too!
- Avery loves hugs. And I love giving them to him.
Very specific kinds of hugs but he absolutely adores it when I essentially throw him over my shoulder, like he’s a baby I’m burping, and pat him on the back while walking around and pacing with him through the house. I started off doing this whenever I came in from a “long” day out (anything more than 5 hours away from him is long to me!), and he always seemed to appreciate it. Now I do it even when I’ve been home all day and just want some extra cuddles myself, and he quite honestly digs it as much as I do.
- Avery is so patient he will put up with pretty much anything.
Thomas will at times push him over on his side and rest his head on his belly, he’ll stuff him under his shirt and do plenty of other “weird” things to him, and Avery will literally not care one single bit. He just puts up with the madness, with his signature slightly grumpy, almost pouty (if cats could pout!) sad face, and yet not even make an effort to move. He’ll simply put up with any crazy thrown his way and wait the madness out.
- When Thomas and I sit together to have conversations, Avery will come sit with us.
The way he does this makes it feel almost like he’s a part of the conversation himself. He won’t often sit on my lap during situations like these (something he’s usually game to do). Instead, he’ll sit on a chair or on the bed, something around the same level we’re sitting at, and watch us converse, staring at the person who’s talking with “understanding” eyes. It’s too cute for words how human he can be sometimes.
- Avery will often slow blink at us when we’re talking to him.
Another adorable thing he does is give us knowing slow blinks when we’re talking to him at times. It’s likely to let us know he’s aware we’re talking to him and yet it almost feels like he’s giving us nods to signify he understands what we’re talking about. It’s especially ridiculous when Thomas starts jokingly saying something like, “We’ll just chop you up and put you in the oven, and have a bite of your leg!” and Avery “knowingly” looks at Thomas and slow blinks as if he’s an old man patiently waiting for our shenanigans and nonsense to be over.
- Avery will follow me into bed to sit by me no matter what.
Whether I get into bed to work on my laptop, watch a movie with Thomas, read, take a nap, sleep for the night – Avery’s going to follow me in. Then if I get up to leave, to go to the bathroom, grab a sip of water, or whatever else, he’ll usually leap off the bed with me. Once I get back into bed to continue doing what I was doing, he hops into bed a few moment’s later usually, too. I sometimes call him to get him to come join me sooner, but given enough time, he almost without fail hops in to give me company of his own accord. And I honestly couldn’t possibly ask for better company.
- Avery now jumps into my lap to sit in it when I’m at my desktop computer.
He used to whine for me to pick him up and place him in my lap, but now if I call him and pat on my lap he’ll actually hop into it to snuggle and nap. Makes me so happy that he does this! Yes, around an hour in my legs will go numb, but I’ll fidget a little and work through the tingling, because he is ever so happy when he’s sitting in my lap or taking a nap on me, and I’m happy to see him so happy.
- At night when we humans are in bed, getting ready to fall asleep, Avery will stand next to us and purr, waiting until we pet him.
Since Thomas and I go to sleep at separate times, when Avery started doing this, Thomas didn’t really understand why. He said Avery would just stand next to him and purr while staring at him and he didn’t know what he wanted. I said he was just asking for cuddles before bed. And so Thomas and I both now pet him a little before heading off to bed. Can’t refuse the master 😉
Picture from post A Grumpy Cat for our grumpy cat.
Some of Your Favourite Things About Your Pets?
I know if I spent another 15 minutes brainstorming, I could easily double this list, but right now, off the top of my head, these are some of my favourite things about Avery.
Does your pet do any of the same things? What are currently some of your favourite things about your pet(s)?
Let me know in the comments section down below, and as I said, if you have a pet blog and would like to do a post on this yourself, please please do link me to your post in the comments so that I can take a peek at your article! I’d love to read some mushy posts right now 😉
Will be editing this post to include some of my favourite pet blogger posts on this topic if I get anyone writing their version! 🙂