Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Chisholm, Minnesota, United States
Posted May 06, 2015
My 5-year old son and I adopted Max Cat from a local humane society, where he had been recovered as a stray. We had never had a pet cat before, so we weren’t sure what to expect. Max was a small, tan American shorthaired cat who seemed to be in good health.
When we adopted him, we were told he was probably about 6 months old. He was extremely small, and especially “short” from nose to tail. We expected him to grow into a full-sized cat, but he never did. Though he gained weight, and though sometimes in life he had a little tummy paunch, he never grew anymore in length. This always made us wonder if he had been actually older than what was originally thought.
Max was a wonderful “first cat” who always used the litter box, loved to be around people, and never bit or scratched. When he was younger, he did like to occasionally get outside, especially in the spring, but overall, he was a perfect house-cat who enjoyed sunny windowsills and warm places in the house. He got along extremely well with other pets, including cats, dogs, and guinea pigs.
The only health issues he had occurred when he was quite elderly. Somewhere around his 15th year with us, his eyes started to stay dilated. The vet was unsure exactly what was causing the issue, but because it didn’t seem to affect his normal daily routine, we opted to not investigate further. When he was about 18, he started to rapidly lose weight from what the vet detected as an overactive thyroid.
Max passed on after 19 years with us.