I think I've become a fairly good reader of the cats I've gotten to know. My first cat (roommate) Mr. Max and I developed an understanding of what the other expected and needed over the years.
When I used to housesit my sister's cat, Ralph, I think we bonded, and he appreciated our time together, what he could get away with away from his usual family.
Over the past few years I've also gotten to housesit my friend Amy's cats (current- Marabou and Marcel) and I think even though Marabou is perhaps the most moody of her species I've ever seen, we've all developed a co-existence that works.
That's why I gotta say that I'm not sure even after all this time that Diego and I truly understand each other. Diego-san is an ultra-male- expecting all the attention and yet he can be so ultra-friendly, turning on and off the charm seemingly at will.
We'll figure each other out eventually. Ever since Theo entered the fray, I think Diego and I have turned to each other for some relief from the unrelentless more and more. He's been a tough nut to crack and yet that has made given our relationship even more meaning.