He's my best friend now. He loves me so much. And the feeling is mutual. It's crazy cat lady love.
He's just a great big lump and when I scoop him up I have my arms full of cat which is what I remember from my childhood and picking up our cat Smudge, which makes me feel all nostalgic. But apart from that it's just his whole demeanour. Far from being the Eddie von Grumpy Face which was his original name, he just continues to be the softest lad going.
And most endearing about him is his desire to be the best of friends with every other cat that happens to come in to the garden. He's determined to make friends with Maud but he's so over-bearing and desperate that he tends to get all up in her face and scares her off. He sees her coming and gets incredibly excited and leaps down from the fence to run up to her and then has to pull up short when she hisses at him. She doesn't hate him, she just wants him to be a little bit subtle.
Eddie still continues to push it though and won't let her be. She decided to sunbathe in next door's garden the other day and Eddie took this as an invite for him to join her. It was ridiculously cute, he mirrored everything that she did, lying with his chin out when she did the same, looking up when she did. He's so gormless.
And it's not just Maud...
We discovered the other day that he's friends with Professor McTufty which seems the most unlikely pairing since Katie Price and Gareth Gates. The dazzling learned Professor and the cheeky little market stall owner, gadding about all over Hull. As usual, Eddie is a little more into the friendship than Tufters, but the Prof is a cool customer and lets him do his thing and follow him about.
Eddie having difficulty understanding the meaning of personal space
The past couple of days, Professor McTufty, Eddie and Maud have all been chipping about the garden. Maud keeps a ladylike distance, watching proceedings from the safety of the wall. I did catch Professor McTufty giving her the eye the other day, I guess he's on the search for a Research Assistant...dirty boy.
All we need is Lady Celestine in on the action and we have ourselves a decent kitty party.