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How Did Your Cat Become Your Cat?

Offbeat  (tags: animals, environment, protection, pets, cats )

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Did he trick you? Or pick you? Or perhaps get sent to you by a beloved cat no longer with you?

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penny C (83)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 6:03 am
She was my daughters cat first from the St Louis human society when she was at college then when she moved no animals were allowed in apartments so she came to Canada & has lived here ever since.Shes now 19 years old & our little treasure.

Carol H (229)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 8:26 am
I have seven little rescues that I was lucky enough get. they are my joy. My walmart stray is my favorite baby now 4 years later...he is a hemmingway like the one in the picture.I love all of them dearly!!

Suzanne L (99)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 9:56 am
My first cat's name was Newton. He was born in the locker room of the apartment building I lived in. His mother was seen skittering in the side door of the building then disappeared. She managed to move all but Newt and my roommate and I found him on Halloween night. I said "Oh, we'll just keep him overnight and take him to the Humane Society". No more was ever mentioned and he stayed with us. My roommate got married the next spring, but Newton and I lived together for 18 years. Along the way we added many more cat kids who were all strays.

Jaime Alves (52)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 10:00 am
Got my from my docter.!!

Christeen Anderson (368)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 12:26 pm
My older cat and I picked each other and my younger cat was a rescue I made over the holidays.

michelle t (41)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 12:50 pm
I adore all animals

Valerie W (52)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 1:05 pm
Our first sweet cat picked us! She came to our door, we opened it, & our hearts, she came in, made herself at home, & never left, until she crossed over The Rainbow Bridge. Our second kitty trotted up an elderly couple's driveway, no one claimed her, they brought her to where I worked at the time, an animal hospital, asking if anyone would be able to adopt her, & I couldn't resist, she's now around 18 to 19 years "young"! Our third cuddly feline was found all alone, abandoned or orphaned, in the middle of a big field after a horrific storm,&, once again, some kind-hearted person brought her to the animal hospital, & we took her home, all 1 pound of her! She was so tiny she went in & out the doors of our then 4 year old daughter's dollouse!! She is huge now, lol!! We love them all! Including our dear dog, adopted from a no-kill animal sanctuary, & the horse we recently bought for our daughter, we couldn't live without them!

Debra Van Way (12)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 1:46 pm
My cat Littleman actually broke into my home. I already had 5 cats and sure wasn't looking for another one. One afternoon, I heard a cat meowing so I went to open the front door to let whoever it was in. No cat there wanting in. Went back into the kitchen-a few minutes later-rinse, repeat. The third time-I heard the demanding meow-I opened the front door again to no one. As I was closing the door I heard the meow again-seeming right by me. I thought what the heck is going on. Then I happened to glance down at the furnace vent next to the door and saw a tiny black and white face looking up at me. I removed the grill and out jumped a kitten that couldn't have been more than 5 weeks old if that. I picked him up and he laid his little head on my shoulder and purred like crazy. The vent system has no outside entrance points and I double checked after his arrival trying to figure out how he could have gotten into the vents. I kid you not-there was no place for even a tiny mouse to get in much less a tiny kitten. Then add the fact my home is 1/2 mile from the nearest road and most people don't even realize it is there. My female cats are all fixed as are my male cats so not a surprise baby. To this day I have no idea how he got here or got in but I guess he knew this is where home was and he just happened to be a magician in his last life and remembered one awesome trick.

Claudia O (73)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 1:52 pm
Our daughter told us about two cats, both black and siblings, who would have to be separated if not adopted together. We already knew that even one black cat is difficult to we decided to bring the two of them home. We have never been sorry.

Dianne D (490)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 2:14 pm
I picked my very 1st and 2nd cats from a shelter and those 2 cats turned my life around 180 degree's. They made me aware of the plight of the cat, pets, farm animals, wildlife and the environment. Animals really are our teachers if we just listen to them. My 3rd cat was sent to me from my first cat a few weeks after his death. I had actually lost this 1st cat. He dashed out of the house while I was getting ready for a trip, and I thought, I'll look for him later, but couldn't find him that night. I was away for a day and a half and came back and hunted for him for a week, with posters and everything. I couldn't find him, so I hired an dog tracker who tracked his scent to the middle of open field near my house, then lost track of the scent. The owner tried to lead the dog down different paths into the surrounding woods and the dog continued to come back to the same place. There was also a few blood splatters in that area. I also hired a pet psychic to see if she could help me find my cat. She said she connected with my cat and he said a big dog got him because he didn't have any trees to climb up. Hence, the dog tracking my cat wouldn't leave the middle of the field, where there were no tree's. A few weeks later, coyotes were seen every night in the neighborhood. The pet psychic said 'would you turn away a cat that showed up under the bush in front of your house?'. Sure enough within days, there was a 5 - 6 month old kitten under the bush in my front yard. It's previous owners had been looking for this kitten days before, but were moving and left the neighborhood without it. I knew this kitten was sent to me, but I really didn't want another cat, especially since my heart had just been ripped out from the lost of my first cat. My 4th cat was sent to my by my 2nd cat, who at the age of 20 plus was dying. Both he and I knew he was dying, but I wasn't handling it very well. I would try to be brave around him and do what I could to make his life comfortable, but go into the bathroom or closet and shut the door and cry and pray. This 4th cat came out of no where and jumped off the block wall in my backyard into my arms, and stayed. A couple of months after the 4th cat came and I adjusted to her antic's, my 2nd cat passed. My 5th cat I picked from a shelter as she had been there for so long. She didn't really seem to like me at the shelter. I sat with her for about an hour in the meet and greet room and she really wasn't interested in me, but I was afraid she was going to be euthanized if I didn't take her, so I did. It took her about 2 days before she decided I was OK, and is now like velcor. Can't shake her no matter where I go.

. (0)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 2:32 pm
My middle cat simply picked me. I went into a local shelter, and there he was, all 1 pound of , sitting in the middle of a large cage. His face said :"herrow". I had him taken out of the cage, he purred against my face, and I never even bothered to look at the other kittens. He was the last of a litter to be adopted, and he was there waiting for me.

. (0)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 3:15 pm
The cat we had picked us.She kept coming to our door,and because we would pet and feed her,she wouldn't leave.We also suspected the owner was abbusing her.Anyway,one day when it was raining,she was peeking into our glass door,and when I looked over,she opened her mouth wide with a meow,and I could tell that it was loud,even though I couldn't hear her.I told my kids to just let her in,because I felt sorry for her.She never left.

Anne K (139)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 6:54 pm
I rescued a litter of kittens from the euthanasia table at my first shelter job. My coworkers seemed to enjoy inflicting pain on people and animals. The shelter manager instructed me to de-flea, vaccinate, de-worm, and socialize a litter of scared little kittens that were brought from a barn to the shelter. Then she went to the shelter director and told him that I had prepped these kittens for adoption when they were supposed to be killed! I was the victim of a cruel prank, as were the kittens. I was making minimum wage at the time, but I took all 5 kittens off the table, where they were about to get a painful needle to the heart to kill them. I quickly found a home for the 2 healthiest kittens, and the other 3 required a lot of care. Freida died of cancer 3 years ago at the age of 14, and her brother and sister are still with me (3000 miles away from that horrible shelter!) at the age of 17. I've acquired 2 other rescues, one a semi-feral kitten that is now 7 yrs. old (a coworker pleaded for my help in trapping her), and a companion for her, who lived in a cage at a shelter from the age of 2 months to 7 months dealing with health issues, never making it to the adoption floor. I brought him home and and he soon became healthy, and is now also 7 years old. Prior to my current cats, I rescued a senior cat from a nursery where I was working. She was suffering from liver problems due to the pesticides that were sprayed in the greenhouses. I took care of her for 5 years before she succumbed to liver disease.

Sheila D (28)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 8:13 pm
My cats have come to me through friends, SPCA, and neighbors, but mostly they just show up. It seems they know a soft touch when they check in, and they never check out. I've rarely been without a cat over the last 35 years, and usually have at least three. It's interesting to me that, quite often, when I've lost one of my beloved cats to their inevitable demise, sometimes I "feel" them jump on the bed or "see" them moving through the room. I know they are watching out for me until it's time to move on and love to know they are still with me, even if just for a short time.

Ruth C (87)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 6:16 am
All but 3 of the animals I have had were street dogs that my dad picked up, the other 3, one was given to me because they were moving away, another I got at the shelter, and the other we found him in our backyard, he was a little kitty, he just walked in and started crying because he was hungry.
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