Savannah's Paw Tracks

Autobiography of a Former Shelter Cat

My Progress Never Stops


In case you are a newer reader for my blog, let me tell you that I arrived in my forever castle as one scared, anxious and shy adult five year old shelter cat. I take kitten paw steps forward almost every week, it has been a slow journey but I am continuously supported by my Mom L and Dad P’s love and patience.

The last big progress I shared was last Fall. I told you all about how I am now asking Dad P for my morning pets and attention.

You may recall that ever since I arrived here, Mom L has been my go to human for feeling safe and confident. I have always slept with her, day or night. Unfortunately my recent progress happened in the early hours of the mornings when all is still in the town house and darkness gives me courage. No actual photos, sorry.

Here are some photos to help you imagine what has happened at night when I am snuggled up tight next to Mom L.

Wherever you see me snuggled against a lump in the bed, that would be Mom L’s legs or tummy.

My safe spot is always next to Mom L

My safe spot is always next to Mom L

Clearly I am totally relaxed, feeling safe. Lately, the last many months, I am sleeping with her at night snuggled up tight against her chest with my head sort’a next to hers. She says she can sometimes feel my soft warm breath on her hand if she has it resting on my shoulder.

The progress report—I, unlike The Kid Sage, never ever lick my humans. Not even if they are covered in salt from sweating at the gym or in chik-hen! I DO NOT LICK MOM L OR DAD P—until this weekend.

I feel most safe being vulnerable when it is dark. I have never shown this behavior during the daylight.

So I have been allowing Mom L to give me soft scritches UNDER MY CHIN for several months now. I just melt when she does that. I decided to try something different the other night and when she moved her hand to rub my cheek, I turned so I could give myself a nose massage by rubbing her finger! Wonderful! Oh My Cat! I love it! Mom L smiles, I knows she does cuz my whiskers can feel her smiling. I rub my cool wet nose on her finger and then—I LICK HER!! Yes, I do, I really do. Now not a really big ole’ lick like TKS gives, but while her finger is in front of my nose, I reach out the tip end of my tongue to give her a lick or two to let her know how much I appreciate the nose massage. This is becoming almost a normal behavior for me now.

THAT’S MY PROGRESS!!! I am so pleased with myself to have another break through in ways I can enjoy Mom L’s gentle pets and scritches. She is smiling as she types this blog for me. You can see that she and I have many memories of our time in bed together as we have continued to bond over the last few years. We read together, watch TV news in the morning and she always knows just how to find that special spot in the middle of my forehand for a soft scritch—I just swoon!


We really do wish we had some photos of my new behavior, maybe one day I will feel safe enough in the daylight to become vulnerable and give Mom L a little lick.



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25 thoughts on “My Progress Never Stops

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  2. Marty the Manx on said:

    Savvy that is such fantastic news!!! We are so thrilled for you and Mom L! LOVE all the wonderful pictures too 🙂 Yeah Yeah Yeah for you!!!!
    Marty and the Gang

  3. THIS IS AWESOME! One small pawstep for caat – one HUGE step for Savannah-Kind WooHOOO.

    ConCATS buddy * high paw * We are so proud of you!!!!!!

  4. We love to see snuggle buddies.
    Great progress!

    Noodle and crew

  5. Love, love, love these pictures. You both have sweet and amazing snuggle buddies. Hugs and nose kisses

  6. Great news Savvy!!!!!! We are curious do you and TKS every bath each other? That is a glorious experience.

  7. meowmeowmans on said:

    That is some amazing and wonderful progress, Savvy! We are so happy and proud of you!

  8. BFGF, I dunno if you can see how happy Mom L looks when you’re with her. She glows. I’m glad she makes you happy too. I only lick to tenderize the peeps before biting them.

  9. I’m so happy for your progress, Savvy! I know how Mom L feels. I feel the same with each new progression with my cats, too!

  10. Oh what a good news this is. We kittens have to dance to our drums and sometimes the music is slow, other times it’s fast. Go with your own flow.

    Emma and Buster

  11. Mary McNeil on said:

    Such good snuggle news, Savvy ! And we are praying that MamaKat will get her chance at some snuggles of her own soon !

  12. BionicBasil on said:

    Awwwww that’s epically epic news – WOO HOO – way to go Savvy!!!!! ❤️❤️❤️

  13. We envy you being able to snuggle IN the bed. We don’t even get to go upstairs where all the human beds are:( We keep telling Mom and Dad that they would be so much warmer with us snuggled up to them, but they aren’t buying it. Maybe one day they will get brave like you and give it a try:)

    Woos – Lightning and Misty

  14. YAY !!!!! high paws two ewe savvy…..we iz buzzed happee for both ewe and mom ! ♥♥♥

  15. Two French Bulldogs on said:

    You got to keep the peeps happy allowing them to Pet under our own rules
    Lily & Edward

  16. Such progress! Happy woooos baybee!!!


  17. Aw, Savannah, it warms our furry hearts seeing you snuggling with your mom and looking so relaxed.

  18. So proud of you Savvy…you have come such a long way since I met you……!

    Love, Angel Sammy

  19. That is huge progress, S. Your little sandpaper tongue must feel like heaven to your mom. Plus licking is my favorite thing to do. Moms are delicious. Sometimes when I won’t stop licking Mom’s face, she laughs and then I lick her teeth. She says, “Gross!” And spits some raspberries. Ha! Good times.

    Love and licks,

  20. Excellent progress! Congratulations.

  21. snuggle buddies… how great that sounds… and some years ago this word was just a dream… and now it became true…. I bet that makes your mama so super happy efurry day… and it makes me happy too!

  22. I love hearing about your progress, Savannah – and this one is huge! Your human is so lucky to be able to share in your growth.

  23. Moms are the best, right Savvy? We’re so glad you found a forever home filled with love and patience … and you deserve no less!

  24. That is SUCH Good News! You have made AMAZING progress, sweet Savvy. You go from strength to strength.
    Purrs and kitty kisses from Us – Trixie, Caspurr and Shimshi.

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