OK here’s a question for everyone. How many of you are “cat” people? Now I don’t mean how many of you have fur or like to purr, I mean how many of you are owned by a cat? I am owned by two! How can a cat own someone you ask? Easy a cat only chooses to live with you. They are by nature independent & solitary creatures. However with a little patience they soon become attached to you and your household.
I met my oldest cat companion in early October of 2004. It had been scarcely a week & a half since the last hurricane had hit Florida. I was still trying to get settled into our new trailer and of course had a ton of stuff to throw out. I had seen all the kittens hanging around the dumpster at the park where I lived, but I had never really given them much thought. Well this day I did! It wasn’t unusual for the cats out there to run from you,after all the majority were feral, but this one little black one didn’t run away as I approached. I stooped down to pet her still expecting her to run away, but she didn’t instead she allowed me to rub her ears,and even pick her up! I gave her one last pat on the head ,dumped my trash & went back home. The next day she was sitting at my door as if waiting for her breakfast. I was extremely surprised & having no cat food, gave her some tuna I had in the pantry. From then on I was her person. I named her “Slick”,because when she was little she had a white stripe running down her belly from chin to tail. My ex-boyfriend remarked that it looked like she was a white cat wearing a black over coat to be slick & the name stuck. Of course she is also a Houdini at getting out so Slick really fits .When she was younger her favorite game was one I call “chase me , catch me”.You try catch her,she sits just long enough for you to get right up to her ,then ZOOM she’s off expecting you to chase & catch.
My other feline owner is a large tortise shell named “Mysteree” When she first came to live with us I could hold her in the palm of my hand. My son begged & begged for a kitten of his own, and of course a family friend just happened to have a mother cat with a litter of kittens. Mysteree has been a, …..well a mystery ever since we got her. She is like no other cat I have ever met.One minute she’s fine the next she is growling and hissing at people. She eats constantly and at just over a year old outweighs my older female by at least 5-6 lbs!! She is a tough little girl though she has to be to be my sons play mate. This one doesn’t like the out doors so much so I don’t have to mind her when the door gets left open a crack.Our vet says that she is bi-polar by nature it comes with the breed. Oh well if she were a “normal” cat she wouldn’t be as much fun!
Both of these beautiful cats are spayed and have all the proper shots up to date.I try to make sure of the vaccinations. It isn’t easy to take them to a vet for a check-up together.Slick is real good about this because in addition to her easy going,laid back personality she has been leash trained. No I didn’t do it, she was that way naturally! She is an extremely unusual cat ,people who normally don’t like cats really dig Slick.Mysteree needs to be crated and has a real aversion to a collar.Good thing she doen’t do the out doors. They are so used to each other that when Slick does get out, Mysteree will sit by the door .crying til she comes home. If you decide to share your home with a cat or 2 or 3 or more, look for the ones that seem to be very relaxed around people, children and other animals.Also don’t assume that must get a kitten, plenty of wonderful older cats can found and adopted.This brings an added bonus of already being litter trained, sayed/neutered plus they tend to be less hyper than a kitten.If you have your heart set on a kitten ,look for one with a bright inquisitive face and clear bright eyes. Happy cat owning,