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While Cupcake was at the coffee shop this weekend, I put her carrier up on a chair to help give her a little bit of her own space. She responded by relaxing more than I have seen her do there in a long while.
The carrier fit up against the back of the chair, and its side opening filled the whole seat.
Cupcake stayed calm in the open shelter of the carrier even when a truck used its air brakes to stop nearby. If she is on my lap when that happens, she always cowers and tries to hide. It was amazing to see her not even flinch at the loud, hissing sound.
She used the open area toward the edge of the chair to visit with passers-by and charmed several new friends.
It was interesting to see her feeling much more comfortable with the carrier in the chair than she did with it on the ground. Despite the fact that she often sought out the ground when she had enough of sitting on my table or lap, the extra elevation made a bit difference.
She even dozed right off while we talked to friends on the patio.
Elevation, a little shelter, something mobile…. it finally struck me. Cupcake wants a stroller.
Cupcake: It took you long enough to figure it out! I never thought a stroller would be practical for Cupcake, who usually likes being carried, but I’m rethinking that. Especially considering how much time we spend just hanging out. Every cat deserves her own hang out, right?