Acquired: Other (stray, given cat by friend etc.)
Posted May 24, 2015
-because our bengal was feral when we got him.
He was found malnourished outside of a nursing home. The lady who picked him up already had several dogs and cats, and didn't have the time or space to take care of a feral.
As he wouldn't have passed a rescue shelter's personality test, and would have been put down, we took him in. For the first few months, he was very touchy. He was aggressive, but more than that, he was scared. Whenever someone went to touch him, he would flinch, as if people had hurt him before. He was also already desexed, which hinted at a bad relationship with previous owners.
It took a year or two for the both of us to truly grow close. He was always aloof, but he grew to love the warmth of laps and pats. In winter, he would burrow under blankets with you and hog all the space he could grab, as cats do.
He was already an adult when we got him, and being hardened by life on the streets, he was never playful. He spent most of his life outside, and came in when he was hungry, cold or wanted attention. In those moments, he was very vocal. He had a distinctive meow, so we always knew when it was him.
He was very hardy- even when he got hurt, nothing would stop him. He was once hit by a car and broke his leg- aside from a limp, his behaviour hadn't changed, and it was hard to stop him from going outside.
Sam was a gorgeous cat, though- and if all bengals were like him, I'd say they'd be a cat you should have when you don't have any others. He was full of "cattitude" and "purrsonality," as my mum puts it- very loving, but only on his own terms.