Acquired: Other (stray, given cat by friend etc.)
Posted Jan 17, 2014
I brought Toki home when he was 2 months old - an ideal time to start raising a kitten (any younger is too soon for the babies to leave their mother). My friend actually picked him for me out of her cat's litter; when I went to visit while the kittens were still too young to leave, Toki was already enjoying my company, sitting on my lap. After a few days of him hiding and exploring his new home, Toki warmed up to me quite a bit...actually, a lot! He's now almost 5 years old and still acts like a baby - in very cute ways; it's like I'm his mom.
Whenever he sees me settle on the couch, he takes it as an invitation to rest on me and give me kisses. Another nice thing to note, especially for anyone interested in adopting a kitten/cat of their own, is that mine is really good with babies. When I had my 2nd child and she was old enough to interact with Toki, he was very understanding of her age and seemed to realize that her rough behavior was due to her not knowing any better. So, when he'd otherwise swat or scratch someone else bugging him, he would just leave my daughter alone and then run away.
All cats have their own personality, so you can't always count on yours being a total sweetheart; however, I feel that it was beneficial receiving Toki as a young kitten, because we developed a close relationship with mutual affection. If you happen to get a cat who's already an adult, their behavior may reflect both your care and the previous owner's relationship with the cat. In time, though, cats always seem to warm up to you, especially with patience and care.