Lefty is starting to feel more comfortable. He’s spending more time sitting on top of his condo, grooming–at least when there are no humans around.
Let one of us come into the room, and he reverts to his “Lurker in the Shadows” persona.
But even there, he’s less obnoxious about it. He no longer flees at the first sight or sound of humanity, and if he accidentally comes out of hiding while we’re around, he looks us over carefully–especially if we’re interacting with one of the other cats–before ducking for cover.
Which is not to say that progress has been smooth or without issues.
To be fair, we’re almost certain toppling the condo was an accident. The video* suggests he was trying a Parkata Felis maneuver, flipping from “bowling pin” atop the condo to “fuzzy donut” inside it without occupying any of the space between.
* Unfortunately, it’s not ready for posting. I have to pull the recordings off the camera in batches, and that one is still pending.
It didn’t quite come off: he appears to have gotten a toenail snagged in the carpet around the top of the condo.
No harm done, as far as we can see, and he split his time between the milk crate (as seen in the photo above) and the condo*.
* Well-known fact: cats are liquid, assuming the shape of whatever vessel they’re placed in. A curved floor is no problem at all.
While his stare can be unnerving, we find it reassuring to know he’s keeping his eye on us. (Sorry.)