Recently one of my friends – Hanne Grice – came to visit with her baby Ava. Ava is almost exactly the same age as Alexander, which at this time was around 5 months. I was quite interested in seeing how it would go, as it would be the first time ever that Alexander met a small baby. He has been exposed to young children since he was really small as part of his training to be comfortable around everyone, but they have all been at least 3 years old. Some mothers can be quite nervous around their babies – fortunately Hanne is a Dog Listener – an animal behaviourist that is extremely knowledgeable around dogs and dog communication. As Hanne has cats herself and uses all her skills with those as well, I knew that she was the perfect person to come for a visit with a baby!
Hanne barely managed to get Ava out of the car seat before Alexander took over. New Toy! He triumphantly proclaimed as he sprawled over the car seat and proceeded to chew on the straps. Great New Bed, Too! He enthused as he turned upside down on it and bashed the dog on the nose – Good Vantage Point! He commented.. After about 15 minutes of playing with the car seat, his attention – predictable – wandered. (I sometimes claim that he has ADHD – Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder… he certainly acts that way… or maybe that is just being a Somali kitten with no similar aged playmate to take your energy out on..)
He jumped up on the kitchen table where Hanne was sitting on a chair with Ava and happily wandered over there, settled in on her shoulder and proceeded to poke at Ava. What Is That? He queried. Smells Interesting, he commented and SNIFFED Ava’s head thoroughly, probably picking up the smell of milk. When Hanne had to feed Ava, he took an active interest in that as well, poking whatever body parts – Hanne’s or Ava’s that he could reach from the shoulder. Needless to say, Hanne was a saint, taking it all in good spirit and finding him highly hilarious!
The next place his roving eye fell to was Ava’s toys. Both the dangly things and the little toy animal were obviously meant to be cat toys according to Mr. Alexander. For ME! He exclaimed and tried to take off, somewhat disgruntled when I promptly confiscated the toys and handed them back to Ava while explaining to Molly-dog that no, they were not for her either..
The car seat continued to be of great interest even after Ava was put back into it in preparation for leaving. Oh Hoo! He mumbled with one of the straps in his mouth, We Could Keep This And I Could Play With It All The Time! Keep The Baby Too – She Is Funny! And as Hanne picked up the car seat and I managed to stop him from dangling precariously from the strap; Wait, Wait! Take Me With You! You Have Super Toys! After which I firmly explained to him that no, Hanne did not want another baby just now, and yes, he did have to stay with us and play with the boring old cats, and yes, Ava might come back in the future to hang out…