Don't you love metrics? LOL Ever since Freedom Day, Oliver has remained aloof and has been virtually untouchable. Rose, on the other hand, has been quite the attention hog and demands a fair amount of loving from her humans. But maybe because she was the runt and had to do so much for herself, she has problems sharing.
Over the past few weeks Oliver has watched his sister getting all the good pets. While his purrs start almost the same instant Rose's do, he always stays more than an arm's length away. Any time he has unknowingly strayed too close and we do reach out to him, he scrambles away and hides.
Recently Oliver has been getting much closer to us, but he still runs when we try to consummate a feline-human connection. When laying on the couch, for example, he has a few times tucked himself up behind a bent knee. Well, he has until Rose sees him close to "her human" and runs him off.
Last night, though, they both climbed (clawed) in bed and Oliver actually butted his nose against my hand! When he did it again I woke enough to realize what happened and slowly moved to brush my fingers against his back. He stiffened for a second, then turned the purr machine on full and a moment later had tucked himself up under my chin! We didn't stay that way very long before Rose came galloping around to run off the interloper, but it is a start.