Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Colorado, United States
Posted Jul 18, 2015
I love my cat now, but we definitely had a rough beginning! He was a rescue cat, so I don't know what happened to him before he came to live with us. When we first got him he would scratch us when we tried to hold him or play with him and was very independent. He didn't want to rely on us for anything. I assumed he had had a rough life before getting rescued so I had a lot of grace for him, but it definitely took awhile for him to start trusting his humans and settling into home life with us.
Now, almost 4 years later, he is a very well-adjusted cat! He loves his house and his toys and his people. He is still very particular about a lot of things and has some funny behaviors, but I'm not sure if that is simply his breed/personality or his traumatic background.
Here is what his personality is like: he is very particular about a lot of things. He only likes us to touch the top of his head and along his back. Any other touch and he gets agitated. He loves to be around us but is definitely NOT a lap cat. He prefers to nap in the same room with us but not right next to us. When he gets something in his head (like wanting dinner or wanting out of the house) he is very sure to let us know. He will put one paw on us, rub on our legs, run back and forth to the door and us, etc. We don't have to guess what he's thinking! He rarely meows, though. He's also very playful when we get out his toys.
Overall I would say that he is not quite as affectionate as I like in a cat, but I can tell he loves us (he likes to sleep on our bed and be around us wherever we are) so that makes up for it. =)