Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
New Jersey, United States
Posted May 29, 2015
Mincus has been around dogs his entire life- 2 Miniature Dachshunds and 1 Golden Retriever. I am convinced that he believes he is a dog as well. He is far more social than any other cat I have ever had and loves being close to humans. Cats that I have owned in the past were often shy, independent, and did their own thing most of the time. Mincus, however, is quite the opposite: He is always around people and has learned (presumably from the dogs) that licking is okay and a good way to show affection and so he does it often.
Mincus is generally very clean. However, he is also spiteful. This has resulted in some foul-smelling urine stained beds, carpets, and clothes having to be thrown away if he felt he was not getting enough attention.
I have also had very intelligent cats all my life and Mincus is no exception: He is an expert at opening closed doors, figuring out when the dogs are going outside so that he can slip through the door as well, and has learned to ask for food by reaching into the pantry and pointing out what he wants. I am amazed at how attune he seems to be with the people he lives with.
While I am admittedly not a cat person, I enjoy the loyalty and companionship of a dog, Mincus seems to be a rare breed that I feel connected with.