Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Posted Apr 29, 2014
Barney, our orange and white American Shorthair, is currently 1 year and 4 months old. When we got him, he was 3 months old and quite obviously the runt of the litter. He had fleas, a crook in his tail, and ear mites, rescued from some unknown location. At first, he was confused by his new home and surroundings but quickly became adventurous- and vocal! He learned to use the litter box well, and we started him off with a small tray of litter to encourage him in the beginning; the bigger, covered litter box scared him, and he would leave small droppings right outside the door. The smaller tray of litter was not so overwhelming for him in the first stages. He started out eating kitten chow and wet canned cat food, the latter which he adores! Following our veterinarian's advice, we progressed the type of cat food to suit his growing needs.
Barney is a very sensitive cat. When we lost power due to weather, he pooped right in the middle of the living room on two separate days out of stress. He can be very needy and always seems to "barge" in on you in the bathroom, the bedroom... you name it. He loves to be with you every second. Always at your feet! We love his clingy nature but some guests find it annoying or unnerving.
Barney is a lovable and vocal cat who is very tolerant of children but afraid of the outdoors! The perfect cat for us.