Acquired: Breeder (hobby breeder)
Posted Oct 10, 2015
Sandor was a rescue that I found this past summer. He was dehydrated and wanting for some meat on his bones when I saw him hiding out under the decking in my backyard. He took a while to coax out, I had to patiently dangle drops of milk from my finger, letting him lick it up until he was comfortable enough to come out. Today, however, he acts as though he’s the head of the pride around the house, slapping the dogs (Lab and Boxer) across the face and bum whenever he finds the opportunity. Just yesterday my goofy Labrador was sniffing him really hard so he bopped her in the face a few times. She found this to be amazing I guess and sped around the backyard from her excitement before coming back for another round of smacks. He’s super athletic and can jump up to our roof in one leap from the ground. He kills anything he sees from what I can understand so far.
He’s definitely not suited to the indoors as I found out after keeping him in the house for the first couple weeks after finding him (it was really hot outside) and he scratched a leather recliner to pieces. Living outdoors, he does much better. On colder nights he curls up next to our old Boxer. During the day he’s aloof, probably out hunting. On occasion he’ll come up and drop to the ground in front of you, wanting a good petting. My advice with rescue kittens is to have enough time to spend with them while they’re young to teach them not to claw everything in sight. That was his problem and my fault, but it can be addressed without de-clawing them. Other than that, he’s been a very low maintenance pet that has been hilarious to hang out with!