Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Posted Jun 06, 2014
I adopted Mak about six months ago. I am recently divorced and my ex-husband kept our two cats. My children and I felt like our new home was incomplete without a pet. We went to the local animal shelter and we instantly fell in love with the playful kitten with the "tuxedo" fur.
Feline experts debate the validity of fur patterns determining a cat's temperament; but, anecdotal evidence suggests that these black-and-white darlings tend to be the most easy-going and family-friendly of house cats. I tend to agree with this urban legend since every tuxedo cat I have ever interacted with has been "dog-like" with its need for attention and affection.
My children are young--ages five and seven--and Mak is exceptionally tolerant of their antics. My five year old daughter even trained him to sleep in a bassinet meant for baby dolls. He sleeps by her side every night. He even lets us pet his belly!
As a kitten, Mak was a bit of a troublemaker. He broke my printer for instance (see photo). I thought his tenancy to swipe at documents was all fun and games until he caused the mother of all paper jams! The closer Mak gets to one year old (his birthday is this month), the more mellow he becomes. He hasn't knocked anything over in weeks and he sleeps for hours on end. He is calm, cuddly and affectionate--the perfect cat for a family with small children.