Acquired: Other (stray, given cat by friend etc.)
Posted Jan 23, 2015
Bonaparte's real name was Scamper, but when I learned about the breed I nicknamed it after the French conqueror. It was my parents cat and I re-named it as a child. Bonaparte and I grew up together and for as long as I can remember we've been the best of friends. He's very timid around anyone he doesn't know, but incredibly friendly around the family. I formed my bond with him before forming memories, so I can only ever remember him as the loving companion he was.
Aside from being a beautiful animal, he was also an amazing roommate. Friends of mine have had cats which constantly whine and beg for attention, but Bonaparte would be content on his own for days, though I'd rarely leave him lonesome for so long. He wasn't cold though, and the second he realized you wanted attention he'd be right there to cuddle you. By far the best quality of Bonaparte was his empathy. If you brought him in to sit with you, or if he just picked up that you were upset (which he had an uncanny talent for), he would be right there for you.
The only downside of this pet was the excessive grooming necessary, though it was my parents cat and I would defer the duty whenever I was busy. One should keep in mind though when considering this as a pet that as much love as it will give you, you need to give back in the form of brushing and washing.