This morning I could hear the cat sharpening its claws on the bed frame. It has no front claws. Bear is often sharpening his front claws. It is in his brain that he must defend himself. It is deep within. He must protect. He must always be on the look out. He must never let down his guard. I see it in little statements that slip out.
"I was afraid you were not going to come and get me."
"I thought you might be in a car accident."
"I am looking out the front window to keep us safe."
I see it in his behavior. He is watching other people instead of what he should be doing. He thinks innocent statements are a verbal attack. He is protective of his desk space, foot space, but invades others personal space. He worries about his health and is sure each injury is oh so serious. If he is going some place later in the day he walks out and checks every few minutes to make sure he has not been left.
It must be hard to be so scared.