I noticed that Bella's Seresto collar was surprisingly tight. She let me loosen it cooperatively without showing any sign of feeling alarmed. I think her neck has grown! All the good food and the boatloads of treats have made an impact. Or maybe it's the pulling she does on the return section of our walks. Either way, her collar is now properly fitted and hopefully she won't feel the need to scratch as much.
Bella doesn't sniff on our walks, but yesterday she looked up for a squirrel as it passed, and at the deer that stared at us before moving out of sight. Whatever stress may have been stimulated by her blind date last Friday is gone. She is back to moving around the room fairly comfortably when I am there-most easily if I ignore her, or at any time I don't direct my attention her way. Even though she prefers that I not stare at her, she likes to stare at me. She watches me as I work at my computer, or when I get dressed. If I am reading in bed, she seems to figure that I am no longer a concern, although if I move, or talk to the cat, she might pop into sitting position at the foot of my bed and look at me.