Acquired: Other (stray, given cat by friend etc.)
Great Falls, Montana, United States
Posted Jan 14, 2015
Several years ago, I discovered that a feral cat had babies in our chicken coop. Unfortunately, all but one died shortly after birth and the mother cat abandoned the remaining baby. I took the kitten in, but had never taken care of a baby before, so I went to the local Petco where they told me what to buy and how to care for it. I didn't even know if it was a male or a female, but I named it Teddy and assumed he was a boy. Taking care of a baby kitten is like having a human baby. He cried every 3 to 4 hours because he was hungry. I had to stimulate his bladder and bowel functions, and then had to wash and dry his hair several times because he would get poop all over himself. It was a challenging but rewarding experience for which I am grateful. Today, Teddy (who I found out is really a girl, but still refer to her as a he) is a happy, healthy, beautiful cat who only wants affection when he wants it. Cats in general are very independent. They take themselves to the bathroom and I leave dry food out so Teddy eats whenever he wants. I live in the country, so he goes outside during the day when it's warm and sleeps inside at night and during the winter. At one point, I've had 13 cats living in my house, but I currently only have 10. One disappeared, and two passed away at 20 and 21 years of age. Each cat has its own distinct personality just like a person does. Some like physical affection more than others, but they all bring tons of laughter and happiness to our home. I would absolutely recommend having a cat, or 2, or 3...well coming from someone who owns 10, you get the idea. Teddy gets along fine with my dogs and other cats, although he is definitely more of a loner. He loves his cat treats and comes running when I shake the bag. Anyone who says they don't like cats has never owned one, because they are definitely awesome animals!