Acquired: Other (stray, given cat by friend etc.)
Posted Dec 21, 2013
I am so blessed for the few years that I had my American Shorthair (before moving to Texas from New York, I had to give him to a friend).
I got my little guy, Riley, when he was 8 weeks old. Gosh he was such a pipsqueak. His pitiful little meow would have melted the heart of nearly anyone. At first, I hadn't planned to get my cat neutered. I felt it wasn't necessary. What's the worst that could happen?
Well, where do I begin. By the time Riley was 7-8 months old, he was scratching EVERYTHING. He would howl and meow all the time. Not to mention, at an early age, he learned to stake out the front door. Whenever anyone entered and left the home, he'd try to book it right out the door. He got out a few times, but must have felt too guilty to wander off too far. Before I had Riley neutered, he urinated everywhere. He never sprayed, but he would urinate in corners, on papers, clothing, beds, and especially throw rugs and bathmats. These behaviors stopped immediately once he was neutered.
Overall, he was a joy to have. He was very playful and independent. He was affectionate, but on his own terms. When he wanted to be pet and loved, he'd let you know :)