Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
California, United States
Posted Mar 21, 2014
Baby Puss lived to the ripe old age of 16. He was black with a white belly and was a very slender cat. Despite his small size, he was the most fearless and fierce adversary of all dogs, mice, birds, lizards and other random vermin.
When he was a baby, I saw a television show on how dogs are trained to attack using treats and a large arm covering. I taught the kitty to leap up to eventually arm-height and attack my well-covered arm ... this quickly came back to haunt me, as our entire household was no longer able to point to things within the house, as Baby Puss would come out from nowhere and attack.
Baby Puss was a very self-sufficient cat - he groomed himself and kept his nails and coat clean and used the bathroom outdoors - there was never a need for a litter box. In his final year, he did go blind in one eye and we had to have it removed then finally went blind in the other eye and died soon after.
He was a delight to the family -- the neighborhood small animals, not so much.