No Residual Trauma

I followed the pawprints and saw Not Cat standing ankledeep in the snow. As he turned his face towards me, a movement on the wall caught my eye; the fox, now jumping away into the garden beyond.

Cat didn’t like the snow; he was spooked by how noisy his footsteps were. Last year, his hearing impaired, was the first time I’d seen him look at ease in it.

Not Cat doesn’t seem to mind having crunchy footsteps. He’s been out several times. The students, from whom I adopted him, told me how they had found him crying in the snow and taken him in. When they located his owners, they were told he was no longer wanted.

I wondered if the snow might trigger some memory of being lost and alone, but there’s been no evidence of any residual trauma. The opposite if anything. This boy grows more confident by the hour. Rather grey hours today. I associate fresh snow with blue skies and crisp air, but today the sky has stayed leaden, and even misty.

I didn’t get any photos of Not Cat in the snow, but I did snap this insouciant Blackbird that he was watching covetously.

Snowy Day Blackbird


9 thoughts on “No Residual Trauma

  1. Poor little guy – being tossed out in the snow to fend for himself….thankfully the students rescued him and thankfully AGAIN, you adopted him from the students! 😉 Now he’s inside, safe and cozy. We had a tiny dusting of snow earlier this morning (Sam watched from the top of the couch) – now he’s asleep. Our boys are enjoying a quiet day…….while we watch and wonder what they chase in their dreams as their paws twitch!


    • Actually he’s outside again now, Pam! I went into the kitchen to make soup (parsnip, and it smells very good!) and he yowled to go out. I’ll try to fetch him in in a minute or two. I think he’s had long enough now.

  2. Long live the blackbird! 🙂 NotCat is more adventurous than my two, who only seem to venture out for calls of nature. No idea what they get up to at night though I suspect they are curled up indoors for much of it!

  3. My cats love the snow – after the initial horror that something has been done to them without their prior consent! The dogs love it even more, and dive in and roll and roll, as excited as kids! The hens take a long time to get used to the idea of snow.
    We haven’t had any snow – instead the garden is filling up with those little early daffodils. I have to say, I have missed my ‘fix’ as I love a drop of the white stuff.

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