Rita is not a snuggler. I’m not sure if it’s the breed, the personality or the history but she immediately begins to squirm when you pick her up. She will about wiggle out of your arms if you try to snuggle with her.
Old Speck has always been a snuggler. He had to be on someone’s lap. Here’s an old picture from MO when he was sitting with Vince.
Rita once got in my chair and that was when Speck was still able to jump up there too. He didn’t like her being up here and he snapped at her. For probably a year, she never would get in the chair with me but within the past month or so, she’s been jumping up when I’m sitting down, letting me pet her for probably 10 seconds, always keeping an eye on Speck, and then she jumps down. I think she’s figured out that he can no longer get in the chair.
You can see she isn’t snuggling but she’s sitting there with me. She stayed about an hour. I had things to do but it was so nice seeing her feeling comfortable sitting with me that I didn’t dare move. I had my knitting so I sat as long as she wanted to sit. Hopefully she’ll continue to do this. I love being able to pet her and show her that we love her but it’s all on her terms .. can’t make her want to be close.