There are two friendly cats (maybe strays but they are awfully chubby for strays) that hang around the parking lot at the school where I work, which Biscuit now attends. Biscuit is desperate to interact with them. As soon as we turn to corner and the parking lot comes into view she starts saying, “Meow? Meow? Cat? Meow?”
Yesterday morning the calico one (the most desirable of the two) came within a few feet of her which was the most exciting thing that had happened, pretty much ever. Biscuit, normally averse to getting dirty LAID DOWN IN A PILE OF LEAVES to try and entice the cat to her. The cat (smartly) was not having it and scurried off.
"MEOW?!" Biscuit asked. "MEOW? CAAAAAT?"
"I think the cat is feeling a little shy. We can see her again this afternoon. Let’s go inside."
As I carried her inside she wailed, “Caaaaaaat! Meow meow meow MEOW! WHY!?”
A question I think we all find ourselves asking when a kitty will not let us pet it. ( I also want to be clear she is not making a meowing sound to imitate the cat but simply exclaiming “Meow.” Which is hilarious.)