One of the personality traits of Korats is the strong bond they develop with a favorite feline and person. For Leia, she loved her son Attila, and except for bopping Robbie, she ignored all other felines she lived with.
For many years the mom was her favorite person and she regularly hugged her around the neck and then head bumped her, but men were her true favorites.
Leia in the snow.
She got to know her Uncle Bob, and the mom became a second class citizen. Leia would still hug and bump her on occasions, but the number one person in her world was Uncle Bob. He could do things to her that, if the mom tried, would mean blood on the floor. Bob could scratch her belly, play with her tail and even dangle her upside down. The mom gasped when she saw this! Leia hated these things and one look at her face showed just how much, but her #1 person could do anything and get away with it.
After the mom got married, the dad became person #1. Leia always loved getting one over on the mom and this was a good excuse to do just that. If the mom and dad were watching TV, instead of walking up to the dad and jumping into his lap, Leia would walk past the dad, past the mom, jump up on the couch, walk across the mom then lie down in the dad's lap. There was no doubt she was making a point of showing the mom where she preferred to lounge. And the mom wasn't it.
A Korat who looks like Leia from the web.
Does the face say, "I'm too smart for my own good?"
If the mom was upset, like when her grandpa died, Leia would hug and head bump her, as if she was saying, "There, there, there. It will be ok." (This sensitivity to people's emotions is another Korat trait.) And Leia always slept with the mom, no matter who was her favorite.
She was fussy and not just any man could be person #1. One fellow the mom dated mentioned Leia never made a sound and wondered what her voice sounded like. If you did something Leia didn't like, she would give a warning and if you didn't stop, she'd put an end to it her way. So the mom scratched her belly until she said "Rhat!" She wisely stopped. Leia then walked past the guy and as she did, he stroked her back and tail. When the mom saw that she yelled "NO!", but it was too late and Leia scratched him. He wanted the mom to punish her, but the mom couldn't because she had given her warning. It was a toss up as to which one he was madder at. He wasn't #1 material!
Another web Korat photo.
What a cutie!
Have we bored you yet? Ha ha! We bet you didn't think we ramble on this long! But now you know better - the mom is a self indulgent windbag. Purrs, and thanks for putting up with us.