Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Posted Mar 06, 2015
When I was growing up, my family always included a dog. I was a proud "dog person" and could never imagine my life without one. When I moved, I wanted nothing more than to adopt a dog. The only problem was that my apartment building did not allow them. It took a lot of work on my daughter's part (a good 2 years) to convince me to even entertain adopting a cat, but when I set eyes on Jasper, my American Short Hair, Tiger Tabby, I knew I wasn't walking away from that rescue habitat without him.
All of my stereotypical beliefs about the aloof cat were changed. Jasper is extremely affectionate. He is quick to snuggle up to you, give you little cat "kisses" through the blinking of his eyes and is always up for a game of "chase the laser pointer dot". For the most part, my furniture is still intact (I was concerned that it would wind up in shreds), and he is very good about using the litter box.
He isn't without challenges, however. Our clocks just don't seem to sync. I hear this isn't uncommon in cats, but as the sun comes up (and on occasion right before it comes up), Jasper is raring to go and will stop at nothing to make sure I don't sleep through his self-appointed breakfast time. He always seems to be hungry and lets me know that through his frequent vocalizations. He also lets me know that he is not pleased by my not giving in to his begging (we go from cute little meows to deep throated yowling).
That being said, I would not give up what he has brought into my home for anything. I rescued him from the streets, but his love has rescued me in many ways as well.