Acquired: Other (stray, given cat by friend etc.)
Posted Sep 16, 2013
Casper came to us when our neighbor's cat had kittens. My daughter picked him from the 3 available and we took him homeand loved him. Our other cat, Pete, accepted him with no problem whatsoever, as did our dog, Gizmo. In fact, Casper would follow Gizmo outside on her potty breaks and would mimic her actions. If Giz sniffed the ground, Casper would sniff the ground. It was quite amusing to watch!
Casper was cute and sweet in the beginning. He would nap in my arms everyday. He loved to play and would, instead of jumping, climb up my legs...I wasn't too happy about that! But, he was family.
As he grew older, he did as most cats do...he chose his person: my 7 year old son. Brian could do anything to/for/with this cat and Casper would allow it. The rest of us weren't so lucky. He would tolerate a quick pet or scratch of his ears while feeding him, but don't even think of holding him. Only my son was allowed to do that. His behavior was very stand-offish (aka catlike). But, my son loved him dearly so he stayed with us.
I must admit, I'm a dog person and always will be. The behavior of this cat solidifies my thinking. I accept him for the sake of my son. But cats will never be my first choice for a pet. Ever.