Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Posted Mar 03, 2014
I adopted Achilles in 2001, shortly after the death of another beloved cat. He was the runt of the litter, and when I got him home, I found he still had trouble eating hard food. At the advice of my vet, I bought him Kitten Milk Replacement and held him on my lap while he lapped it from a shallow bowl. Needless to say, we bonded instantly.
Achilles is a bit of a stand-offish cat. He likes to spend some time each day being petted and made over, but when he's done--he's done. He simply gets up and walks away. I have two other cats, and he gets along with one very well, the other not at all. They hiss and spit at each other, but never really fight.
People have commented that Achilles always seems to have a grouchy/grumpy look on his face, even when he's clearly happy and purring. I affectionately call him my grumpy old man.
He enjoys Meow Mix and stays at a healthy weight by batting his favorite toys around. Even though he's 13 years old, he still likes to play, and my vet says his health is excellent.
Achilles is a great pet for me because I work outside of the home four days a week, and he is able to nap and amuse himself while I'm gone. And when I get home, he's always ready for a little affection.