We've always known that Zoe is a timid kitten. She startles easily, and it took her awhile to get used to us and the noises we make, when she first moved in here. The first night we got her, she refused to come out of the cat carrier for almost an hour, but we finally lured her out with food. Hiding under the bed is still one of the things that she loves to do best. She even thinks that her reflection in our back door is another cat, and does the whole puffy black cat act on a regular basis. Ever seen a cat go sideways? It's damn amusing. =) When she's doing something bad, we can usually make her stop by stomping across our tile floor downstairs, since our slippers make a bunch of noise. Chris has the Slippers of Authority, by the way, and I possess the Slippers of Doom. (Yes, we are silly kitten parents.)
Yet, despite all this, she's quite intelligent, and will easily warm up to you, once she trusts you. She loves my mom, my friends Jamie and Aimee, and us, of course. She even likes my father, although he frightens her a bit, since he is a naturally loud and talkative person (who does that sound like?). As she's gotten older, we've thought that she's begun to outgrow her natural timidity, which in all likelihood, is from her being abandoned as a very young kitten.
It turns out that this isn't the case.
On Tuesday, Sally Wiener-Grotta came to take my picture for her Wordsmiths project. Zoe was supposed to be in the pictures with me, since she is a kitten and adorable. Instead, Zoe decided that she was intensely frightened of Sally and her camera equipment.
Tripods to hold stuff: scary.
Umbrellas on top of tripods: very scary.
Sally taking pictures with flashes that went off: immensely scary.
Needless to say, we weren't able to get Zoe to sit still in a picture with me. I did get her to come near me, through generous luring with treats, but the minute I picked her up, she jumped right out of my arms. She was having none of the strange camera equipment being in her house, and the fact that we had rearranged some of the furniture disturbed her even more. She refused to have her picture taken.
Yes, my kitten wimped out.
However, Sally did manage to get several candid shots of Zoe, when Zoe wasn't looking. So you may end up seeing her in the pictures with me after all, due to the wonderful nature of modern technology and Photoshop. You have to love the fact that Sally can just edit the kitten into the picture. =)