As Cashew struggles to deal with her ongoing catnip dependency issues, she is now confronted with the reality of Gracie returning to the office.
Cashew, the calico cat, nervously licked her whiskers as she settled onto the couch in Dr. Whiskers’ office. Dr. Whiskers, a seasoned cat therapist, perused his notes and cleared his throat.
“Alright, Cashew, let’s discuss your progress since our last session. How are you managing your territorial behavior, hiding things under the couch, and your tendency to be a loner?”
Cashew hesitated, then meowed, “Well, Dr. Whiskers, I’ve made some strides, but I’ve also had a few setbacks. I tried to resist the urge to hide things under the couch, but then Gracie lost her favorite pen, and I just couldn’t help myself.”
Dr. Whiskers nodded, jotting down notes in his file. “I see. And what about your territorial behavior and loner tendencies?”
Cashew averted her gaze. “I’ve been working on it, but it’s tough. I’ve tried to play with the other cats in the neighborhood, but they just don’t understand my love for catnip.”
Dr. Whiskers raised an eyebrow. “Ah, yes, your catnip dependency issue. Let’s revisit the homework I assigned last time. Did you try to limit your catnip intake and share it with other cats?”
Cashew squirmed on the couch. “Well, I did cut back a bit, but sharing it with others? That’s a tall order, Doc. Catnip is my one true vice.”
The cat therapist sighed. “Cashew, we can only make progress if you’re willing to work on these issues. For your next assignment, I want you to focus on building trust with other cats by sharing your catnip and spending more time outside your townhouse.”
Cashew’s ears flattened. “But, Dr. Whiskers, Gracie has been going to the office, and I don’t like being alone in that empty townhouse. Can we take a break? I need to use the scratching post.”
Dr. Whiskers agreed, understanding that Cashew was struggling to face her problems head-on. “Very well, but when we resume, we’ll talk about strategies to help you overcome your territorial behavior, hiding habit, and catnip dependency.”
After a brief break, Cashew returned, bracing herself for the challenging conversation ahead. She knew it wouldn’t be easy, but with Dr. Whiskers’ guidance, she was determined to become a more well-rounded and social calico cat. Together, they explored techniques for reducing catnip intake, sharing her space and possessions with other cats, and finding alternative ways to cope with Gracie’s absence. Cashew left the office feeling a renewed sense of hope, ready to tackle her issues one paw-step at a time.