Acquired: Other (stray, given cat by friend etc.)
Martinez, California, United States
Posted Apr 28, 2014
My cat Lou was a great cat. He is deceased now but I still think of him often. I acquired him quite by accident really. He was the cat of my neighbor. She allowed him to roam the apartment complex I lived in at the time and as I had the adjacent apartment, he was always in my yard area. As I love animals, I tried to coax him to come over many times so I could pet him but he was too skittish.
Slowly, over a few months, he eventually let me start petting him. Once, I let him in and ever so carefully he entered. He started meowing loudly again and again and assuming he was hungry, I opened up a can of albacore tuna and gave it to him. From that time until his passing, he loved me. I convinced the neighbor to give me Lou and she seemed happy to get rid of him. She told me, "You know what his name 'Lou' is short for don't you? It's Lucifer. He's a hell-cat and doesn't seem to like people." I replied, "He likes me, I'll take him."
After he realized I was no threat and was kind, he began showing another side of his personality. He could be quite engaging and gentle. He would even let me pick him up and kiss and hug him, which astonished his former owner. He could still be aggressive at times, such as when I tried to pet his stomach (a place that was forbidden for anyone to touch with him), but he became a wonderful house cat. Like I said, though, he still had an aggressive streak. He didn't like staying in the apartment all day so I routinely let him out so he could "cat around." This psychological air seemed always to satisfy his more aggressive tendencies. As long as he could go outside for an hour here or an hour there, he was fine. He became very affectionate and even at times annoyingly so. I would be at my computer typing and he seemed fascinated by my typing and would try to sit on my hands. Most of the time, though, he would happy ensconce himself on top of my printer and happily watch me. Most of the time, he would nap there or on my lap.
In conclusion, I realize one can't cubbyhole all cats for each cat has its own personality notwithstanding the breed. If one is kind and patient with cats, they will respond in time. Lou was just such a cat. I would've missed out on a great pet if I had not seen through his defensive front. I've seen that time and time again. Lou is gone now but I still think of him fondly. I realize I would've missed out if I had not persisted in trying to become his friend for he was a gentle, loving pet who is missed.