Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Posted Feb 07, 2014
Clifford came to us after his life long best friend passed away. His owner was at her wits end about what to do for him. She'd tried multiple medications, behavior adjustments, and even some homeopathic treatments. Nothing was helping Clifford. Since I worked from home, and someone was always there, we opted to take Clifford for a trial. He fell in love with our daughter, and quickly became her cat.
At first, Clifford struggled to become part of our family. He would hide constantly, and would avoid humans at all cost. He became friends with our dog first, and would seek out the dog for attention. Clifford never played; not at all. He wouldn't play with toys or strings, or even laser pointer. We had to try various cat foods before finding on that worked for him. He was also afraid of the mice that came into our 100 year old home from time to time.
Today, Clifford is a happy, well adjusted older male cat. He is physically affectionate with everyone in the family, including the female cat who doesn't like him. He regularly sleeps with our daughter, and from time to time will come into the master suite, climb on my husband's nightstand, and poke him in the head because he wants some attention. He is attuned to the emotions in our house as well - most recently when I was propped up in our living room with a knee injury, Clifford came and sat by me, barely touching me, as if he knew I was wounded but needed some attention. He is also a master mouser these days, leaving me wonderful little treasures in the living room.
Rescue cats may take a little more work, but they're worth it all.