Friday, 13 June 2014

More of Magnus

Magnus the bengal cat has been doing great integrating into our cat pack. Magnus is now ten months old. When he came in the beginning of March, he was scared of human touch and stayed hidden for a few weeks, only coming out to eat. I think the turning point was when we discovered Magnus' great love for ham ;P



He still doesn't come to sit on anyone's lap, but I think it's close. He occasionally brushes against a shin of his own free will, and accepts being petted. He even purrs when touched, but sometimes it might be not from joy but being a little unsure of himself. Sometimes he clearly enjoys petting, pushing the top of his head against your hand and stretching out on the carpet, relaxed. He still sometimes hangs out on top of the huge wardrobe that was his safe place for the first weeks, but less and less, he loves to nap on the armchairs in the living room or on the bed. He doesn't enjoy being picked up, but he tolerates it, and also lets us clip his nails and clean his eyes, which is a great show of trust.

Magnus also loved our cat sitter and let her pet him, so I'm expecting him to become a very social cat some day! I think his breed ensures the natural curiosity, which is great for him getting used to new things. Even if something is a little scary, he still goes to have a look, instead of hiding.

He's also getting along with the other cats well. Magnus can be a bit rough when playing, but the adults then just stop and go away, I think that's the way young cats will eventually learn. Magnus loves feather toys and runs and jumps around until he's exhausted.



When he came, we were so worried when even the finest cat foods didn't get him to eat. Turns out he only wanted raw meat! But nowadays he eats canned food too, and occasionally tastes dry food too. He has grown well and seems to be pure muscle.

Like all kittens he's mischievous, occasionally attacking toes under a blanket or scratching something that's not allowed, but mostly he has stuck to his huge pile of toys (and hunting plastic pots of pepper sprouts from the hydroponic planting thingie...)

I'm really amazed at how fast he has made progress. In three short months he has gotten used to new humans and cats, started to eat new foods and he even sometimes listens when you tell him no. He's a very active but sweet cat, and I can't wait for the time he wants to come to my lap :)

15 comments:

  1. It's so lovely how much you care for cats, it's an amazing thing to earn an animals trust. I have a stray kitten of about 9 months and I love to see how she has developed and relax with her chosen humanseven the vet was pleased with her progress from feral to family member

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    1. Your kitty sounds like a little darling! I joked to my other half that I've always had "ready-to-use" cats, because my orientals are from breeders and have been handled since birth, so when they came they were immediately very attached to people and behaved well. So seeing Magnus learn the ways of the house and gain trust has been an unique experience for me, and really amazing one, like you described.

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  2. What a beautiful cat you have. I also have a "needy" and picky cat :) lover of raw meat

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    1. Thank you! If only you could talk to them and understand what they say, it would be so easy to find out what they want from you ;D

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  3. He's such a cutie. Well done on getting him to open up.

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  4. Ah, that's such a loving look you're giving Magnus. I love cat people. I don't trust anyone who doesn't like animals.

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    1. It is very weird when someone doesn't like animals! I understand it if someone says they don't like cats and it then turns out they have only met cats that claw and bite, who would like that sort of an animal as a companion? But upon meeting sweet cats, you'd have to be a psychopath not to like them!

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  5. Magnus is so adorable ... He looks very well looked after ...
    ...:)...
    blessings

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    1. I believe he's quite a happy cat! Thank you :)

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  6. How gorgeous! Ha ha, picky and fussy, just like all cats! My boyfriend's parents cat always demands me to refill her kibble then flounces away without so much as rubbing against my ankles or letting me pat her!

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    1. My orientals are so easy-going that I must have gotten used to having it easy ;D They just want to sit on your lap most of the time. Which is kinda tricky with three of them, but they still occasionally manage to all fit on one lap ;P

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  7. You have such nicely natured cats. I have a grumpy, scratchy, biting cat that was a rescued feral kitten that just doesn't like humans. He is sociable enough with me, as I think he thinks that I am his mother, but he only tolerates Raven and my dad, and does not like other people very much. We have to tell people not to try and pet him because he distrusts humans and will swat or bite them if they try to go after him to pet him, but thankfully he mostly just hides out of the way. I think people must have been cruel to him when he was feral. He has got a lot more social over the 5 years we've had him, and a lot less aggressive, but I don't think he will ever be a 'people' cat. He still hates being picked up!

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