He's called the crabby old man cat for a reason. According to the vet Riley is around 17 years old. Pretty old for a kitty. He is the only boy out of 4 cats, yet he has a stuffed lamb as a girlfriend. Don't ask.
He's never been one for cuddling, or much of a lap cat. He has always been more of the stereotypical ‘aloof’ cat, content to ignore the humans in the room unless they can be useful to him.
Now, as he's gotten older, he has become my shadow. When I am sitting, he is sitting next to me, sometimes on me which is unheard of with him. Used to be he would nip when he decided he was done being petted, now he will sit and purr and keep asking for more with his eyes - forever.
Makes me crazy that this crabby old man shed-machine is on me, all. the. time. But on the other hand .. how soon will I be wishing he was still here to 'bother' me some more? So I pet him and baby him and let him sit on me, and laugh when he sits on the back of the couch and head butts my head.
I mean really, crabby old man cats don't last forever, y'know?