Pet at a Glance
Pet: James, a domestic shorthair
Location: Longmont, Colorado
Owner: Dulcie Wilcox
Meet James: He’s not a super cuddly guy, but he loves to observe activities from a distance. His personality was a change for owner Dulcie Wilcox, as her previous cat loved to sit on her lap at all times.
“The woman said, ‘I’ll be honest, he is a bit of a butt,’ ” Wilcox says. “In retrospect, I’m a little surprised we went through with the adoption! But I appreciated her honesty. And now whenever he scratches the arm of the couch while looking me straight in the eye, or he sneaks up behind us and swats at us through the dining room chair, I think, ‘Yep, kind of a butt.’ But he is also great fun and makes us laugh on a daily basis.”
She finds it hard to blame him for attacking them because they basically look like deluxe cat toys. Instead of plants that drape, she sticks to ones without jiggly leaves, such as a snake plant and bird of paradise. They aren’t interesting to James and fare better in the pet-filled household.
He spends the rest of the day exploring new spots in the house. As soon as something new shows up, he’ll be on it — or in it — in a flash, Wilcox says.
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