Grace was rescued from a shelter five years ago, and while she absolutely adores her family, she’s also very independent.
“Grace is a very friendly cat, but she does like to keep her distance,” Jeannie Seiler-Laderer, Grace’s mom, said. “She wants to snuggle on her own terms, but on her terms only.”
When Seiler-Laderer became pregnant, the family quickly began preparing to welcome a baby into their home and wondered how their cats would react to the newest family member — especially Grace.
“We always joked that when Jensen was born, Grace was gonna be the one cat out of all three who would be the least interested,” Seiler-Laderer said.
At first, that seemed to be the case. When Jensen came home for the first time, Grace pretty much ignored him. She didn’t seem to really understand what exactly he was — and then suddenly, something clicked.
“It took a solid six weeks for Grace to realize the baby is a new human and that she favored him,” Seiler-Laderer said. “She follows him EVERYWHERE now.”
As soon as Grace realized that Jensen is, in fact, a human, he quickly became her favorite one in the whole world. Now everywhere Jensen goes, Grace is close behind, and her parents can’t believe how protective she is of her new baby brother.
“When we go to leave, she blocks the door, so we have to try to hold her back so she doesn’t try to come with us,” Seiler-Laderer said. “When we come home, she’s the first one to greet us at the door, and before she couldn’t have cared less. During all of Jensen’s nap times, she has to be curled up next to him or on him, especially during his evening naps.”
Before Jensen arrived, Grace was definitely not a big cuddler. She still isn’t with most people, but with Jensen, it’s now her favorite thing to do.
Every chance she gets, Grace is snuggled up next to Jensen …
or on top of him
and Jensen doesn’t seem to mind one bit.
“They cuddle together during just about all of his naps, and also she’s been trying to sneak into his bassinet in the morning to also cuddle with him, but for safety reasons we have to keep her out,” Seiler-Laderer said.
Grace’s parents never thought she’d be the cat who’d be so obsessed with the new baby, but it seems that Jensen is Grace’s person, and there’s no doubt that they’re destined to be best friends for a very long time.
“We were so surprised with how much she loved him because for the longest time, we just never thought she had her specific person,” Seiler-Laderer said. “When she was bored, or lonely, she would go seek out someone to love on her but it was never anyone specifically. Now she always seeks out Jensen.”
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