Freddie is just over 10 years old.
Like most cats he's always been aloof, independent, miserable, and arrogant; a cat apart.
But recently he seems to have changed. Suddenly he's friendlier and almost affectionate. He's taken to jumping up onto my lap every morning at 5.30am (he's on there now) as I do my computer stuff, and, over the last few days, has even begun sleeping in the comfy cardboard-box bed (above) in the studio; something he's never done before.
Dare I say it, but he's even tolerating the dogs; well almost.
I've always liked to have a 'tabby' around the place. Apart from mouse catching duties, they just make a house seem complete; especially out in the country.
I was brought up with cats (not dogs), and have a natural affinity with them. They seem to understand that I understand them.
We're not sure what has prompted this sudden, but very welcomed, character change.... but I hope it lasts.