Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Posted Apr 07, 2013
My fiancee and I got C.B. at a local SPCA shelter for free - he had been there for almost a year - and, admittedly, he had to win us over. We went in for a small kitten, and C.B. was out of his cage, and he hissed at the other cat, proceeding to nuzzle us and purr heavily. From then on, it was nothing but love.
He is what we call our "special needs" kitty; he only has half a tail and has no feeling in what is left. He has mega-colon, a condition that impedes an animal's ability to go to the bathroom, so we have to take him once a year to get enemas, and we have to feed him laxative twice a day.
He also does not get along well with other cats - he is very protective of his territory - and he is very skittish when around strangers. I assume this is trauma caused from his years of abuse and neglect, so I don't hold it against him. When he finally does trust someone, he opens up very quickly and fully.
Still, he fills my heart with so much joy. He is incredibly loyal and affectionate, almost like a dog. When I get home from work, he jumps off the couch and runs to greet me (right before meowing constantly for his supper!). I can't imagine my life without him, and I don't know how I got on for as long as I did.