I have been working as much as I can with Smokey. We had decided to keep him in this week because of the weather - good thing as it snowed/iced last night about an inch. He was safe, warm and dry in the house. Ive been sitting outside his crate trying to get him to come out on his own - the closet doors in that room are floor to ceiling mirrors and he was scared of his reflection. I put some things in front so he could not see himself.
Last night he came out - Mama was in there eating her dinner - he sniffed her, they sniffed each other and both went to eating. Mama went out and I sat there ... I petted him, rubed him, brushed him, paid him attention. I left the room - came back, went through it all again - several times. By 1030 I was done, worn out, ready for bed - he was laying on the rug in front of his crate. I told him goodnight and he meowed at me! First time in almost 2 weeks he has spoken - first time I had ever heard him speak! I was thrilled :)
This morning I went in and sat on the rug - a bit worried he wouldent come to me ... but he did and meowed the whole way - he was hungry! He wanted his breakfast! I fed him, petted him, brushed him .. When he was done with me he went in his crate and laid down - I told him bye that I had to get dressed and go to work - he stretched yawned with a whine and shut his eyes for a nap.
Makes my heart happy that he is this content in the house, that he is comfortable with me, with mama .. makes me sad that his head is still titlted but not much can be done there. Ill take pics this weekend!
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