All evidence points to Marvin having once lived in close proximity to humans. However, evidence also point to her having been abused by humans… not least of which being the two BB’s. However, there’s something psychological as well.

When I surprise Marvin, such as by coming into a room unannounced (especially when it’s dark), she’ll hiss… but then she gets over it and is friendly in a hurry. But if I’m holding something like a sock, a belt, suspenders… she hisses, freaks out, runs and hides. Something about the image of something long, thin and floppy disturbs her greatly. I hypothesize that someone went after her at least once with something like a leash or a belt.

  • Anonymous

    long, thin and floppy

    Sorry, it’s been a long day and I’m tired. Anyone else want to take this one?

    • Anonymous

      Let it never be said I never gave y’all nuthin’.

    • B-Sabre

      That’s what yo’ momma said.

  • Anonymous

    Relatives of mine once had a rescue dog that, whenever it saw me, would run into a corner and pee. We speculated that I resembled the previous heartless owner.

  • Michael the Somewhat Civilized

    This might be usual for formerly-feral cats. The one I rescued here is, after three years, not panicking when someone walks into the room. Snake-shaped things may be an instinctive fear. A couple of months ago she jumped on the bed while I was cleaning out the old closet and almost landed on a old, broken, braided belt. Cats can indeed levitate and change directly in mid-air; she landed about ten feet away and didn’t enter the room for a few hours. Human contact can be worse, though.

  • Herp McDerp

    Cats can have long memories of people who mistreat them. My second cat was rescued from a family in which the husband abused her as a kitten and ultimately abandoned her to the street. He was African-American and a chain smoker. To her dying day she would hide if she caught a whiff of tobacco smoke on someone’s clothes, and if she caught a glimpse of a black person on the sidewalk in front of our house, she would stand at the window and growl.

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