Acquired: Other (stray, given cat by friend etc.)
Texas, United States
Posted Jan 27, 2013
I was very lucky. I am more of a dog person but rescued my Mr. Kitty on a visit to my grandmothers. He was a kitty, soaking wet and hiding when I found him. Wild as of then so he hated being touched. My love was immediate. I have had one before when I was little (Thomas) and again a few years later (Socks and Sissy) when I still lived at home. My grandma used to have tabbys so I was used to them at her house (Mr. Big, O.J). I found Mr. Kitty when I was 17 and he was my first true baby. The first pet I solely had to pay everything for. Vet, food,medicine, taxi, litter you name it! He was easy to train, would take baths or would jump in and jump out , over and over. Would lay on the side of the tub or at my feet when I was in the tub or shower. Which is odd for most cats. He was trained to sit, stay, lay down, and not to ever get in the kitchen. He was to stay on one side of the house. If you were asleep and he wanted to be fed, he'd pounce on your head/pillow and paw your face(whew!declawed!) He was very energetic and fun to watch. He would hide behind the couch and if you went walking into the room he would pounce out and land on your feet or grab your legs. He eventually learned how to balance a treat on his nose like my dog Lucy. I would say sit, wait, wait, NOW and they knew now meant they could eat their treat. He also would lay on the carpet side in the doorway of the kitchen and put his little paw on the tile part in the kitchen and when I would see, he'd quickly move it. When I had a boyfriend He would mark my stuff, and sometimes pee on his! If left alone with food and water (and potty box) they do great. I would recommend the orange tabby every day! The only thing to watch is, when you are poking or cleaning the fish tank, make sure the cat isn't watching. I was chasing my gold fish Hawn, (Goldie Hawn) with a net and just couldn't catch her because she was hiding in her castle. I went to get a bigger net and without thinking left Hawn with Mr. Kitty. When I came back Mr. Kitty had Hawn in his mouth. Still alive. : ) But it doesn't always turn out like that. I later bought a fish I named Barney, a purple Betta. I put him in a smaller tank on top of the fireplace until I could find a safer place for him. I came home one day from work. Exhausted. Sat on the couch and Mr. Kitty came around the corner just tossing something around in his paws. Yes, it was Barney. So don't underestimate the sneakiness. I would declaw the front but leave the back. Vet bills weren't too expensive until he broke his leg and needed to be neutered. That was $2000. WOW. But after getting him neutered, he had uti s a lot. So I had to buy him special UTI medicated food. That was a little more expensive. Other than that He was an easy pet. I don't know if that is common in cats or maybe a tabby thing. He was great around my kids, other animals, and even sometimes strangers. When we moved, he went outside to explore one day, and just didn't return. My guess is someone found him and saw how fat, cute and awesome he was and took him in. I would own another if I didn't have birds.