How did your feline friend come to be in your life?

United States
January 7, 2007 5:05pm CST
My yellow tabby Romeo, showed up on my doorstep one evening, we let him in and he just made himself at home, well we put down a litter pan and a little food and the next day we let him out, he just kept coming back so after about 6 months of his living with us we took him to vet and claimed him as our own --- Well, I kid you not about a year and half later I found out that Romeo actually belong to a neighbor about three houses down from ours, but he wouldn't acknowledge them and wouldn't go back to their home. So I guess it's true that sometimes your Pets choose you and not the other way around. I did talk with the neighbor and they said they never said anything because obviously the cat (Romeo) was happier with us then them. What is your love story with your feline friend? :)
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@shywolf (4522)
• United States
7 Jan 07
Wow, it's funny that your neighbors cat ended up with you and seems much happier where he is now! I'm glad that he found you! He sounds like a really sweet cat ^_^ It's funny that your neighbor knew all that time and never said anything. Oh well, at least you got a wonderful pet! ^_^ Our family used to have about five cats when I was young, and there was a particular one that my dad said he saw along side the road when out driving one day and he stopped and opened the door and the cat just jumped in! So that cat pretty much adopted my family, lol! ^_^
• United States
8 Jan 07
My husband and I still wonder why Romeo chose to stay with us and I agree I have never been able to find out why the neighbors didn't at least ask about him being with us, maybe they were embarassed?? I know they would try to call Romeo to them but he would ignore them and just come back to our home -- I am very glad he did choose us, he is one great kitty and a good friend. It's great that your dad would invite another Kitty to live with you when already had some :)
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• United States
7 Jan 07
I found my first cat at school in Hawaii she was abandoned and wandering around the school at only a couple of weeks old. I had her checked out by the vets in town and was able to bring her bag to the main land. 8 years later she is a spoiled princess and rules the house. My second cat came from a friend who could not handle her. She is a bit hyper earning her the name devil cat. She tends to run around like crazy at 3am. They definately keep me entertained.
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• United States
8 Jan 07
I wonder what Princess thinks of Devil cat's 3 am antics? Do you think that there is something that occurs at that hour that gets Devil cat going? Or do you think that it's just Devil cat wanting attention? I sometimes wonder if some of our animals are more in tune on "spiritual realms" and are reacting to something on that "plane". Oh well, just a thought :).
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@Geminigirl (1909)
• United States
7 Jan 07
My cat lived under my deck for seven months. It was so cold during the winter, and I noticed he just kept coming around. So I got one of those domed cat litter pans and sealed up the vents with plastic and strong tape, and put a blanket in there to make a little house. Then at night I would put one of those Cat Safe microwave heated discs in the bedding that stays warm for 8 hours. I would leave food for him outside his house. He slept there every night! I could see his little body print in the blanket. Awww. Then after seven months, one day I approached him in the alley. I thought he would run, but he didn't! I scooped him up and brought him into the basement. He made himself at home, used the litter pan, and snuggled up in his little bed. He has been mine ever since and it is almost 3 years now. I am so glad that we found each other.
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• United States
8 Jan 07
Aren't they just wonderful to have around and I think the animals we rescue are the best -- it may take them awhile to grow to trust us, but when they do they are life long companions -- you know I never thought of using one of those dome pans as a shelter before, good idea! :)
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@AskAlly (3627)
• Canada
7 Jan 07
We were acutually traveling when we found Joey. We had stopped at a restaraunt and had lunch. Afterward we went back out into the parking lot and I wanted something out of our holiday trailer before we hit the road again. Low and behold there was the tiniest black kitten you have ever seen right by the tire. The people who left him there must have used our trailer as a shield to conceal their dirty deed. I don't know how else a kitten as small as that would have been able to wander through the streets by himself and get to where we were parked. Needless to say he went on holidays with us. He is 15 years old now and is the best housecat we have ever had,
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• United States
8 Jan 07
Wow, 15 years isn't wonderful to have a companion like Joey for such a long time and isn't it wonderful how somehow these lost and abandoned animals seem to find the most wonderful humans to take care of them :)
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• United States
7 Jan 07
I was wanting a cat was looking at my vets no kill shelter then a woman posted on a local group I am on that a kittian was dumped at her house she has 5 grey hound and could not keep it .I said I would take it well she is the best cat I got her ,her shots and spayed she is white with calico spots long haired and very pretty .She is also very loving .I really lucked out with her I have no idea who could dump this angel .She was heaven sent to me I should of named her angel but no her name is goddess iris the goddess of rainbows .
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• United States
8 Jan 07
What an interesting name I like it!
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• Canada
7 Jan 07
We adopted both of our cats from the local animal shelter. FT http://www.MillionDollarJourney.com
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• United States
8 Jan 07
Good, I think more people should adopt from animal shelters then buy from pet stores and the like, unless you absolutely have to have a purebred or such. :) By the way, what is Milliondollarjourney.com about?
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@Maeica (169)
• New Zealand
7 Jan 07
My cat Mee came into our house and had kittens in my wardrobe! She's been with us ever since. Don't know where she came from, but, like your cat, she seemed to want to stay at our place.
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• United States
8 Jan 07
Late last summer, my husband and his co-workers found a litter of 4 kittens in their shop. They think the kittens mother was killed somehow. My husband brought home Max. We discovered that he was only 4 weeks old. I had to bottle feed him and wipe his little tush. Now he is a very spoiled cat. He still climbs up on my chest and snuggles my neck when he wants attention. His buddy is our 5 yr old toy poodle name Chunky. I am going to put their pics on my profile.
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• United States
8 Jan 07
I will look for the pictures in your profile :) -- I just love to hear how Cats and Dogs get along -- And "they" say it can't be done :).
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• Romania
8 Jan 07
Nice story :) I like cats alot but because of my family I never could get one so when I was little I tended to play with every cat I saw in the street and I used to bond with them and get really sad when I had to go home and could not take the cat home. Oh, and I had a really strange ability: I used to be able to imitate the sounds of a cat so that almost every cat used to come by its self to me when I called that sound.
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• United States
8 Jan 07
Do you still have that ability to do cat sounds? If so, do you ever use it? -- I'm sorry that you weren't able to have a kitten growing up -- do you have one now?
@sunnypub (2131)
• United States
8 Jan 07
My cat Jordan, who is my avatar picture, was found in our laundry room. Seh was hiding under the shelves one night when my husband went out to get the laundry. Our laundry room was out back. Anyways, he hears her meowing and searched and found her. She was all ragged and very skinny and looked to be about 6 weeks old. So he brought her inside to show me and she just sat on my chest an purred. I swear I fell in love with her right then and there. So she slept on my chest all night. We fed her and cleaned her the following day, then went around to all the houses in our neighborhood to see if she belonged to anyone. No one claimed her. So we put up flyers and still no one claimed her. After about a month we just decided she was ours and I took her to the vet and she got a clean bill of health. That was almost 4 years ago. Now she is my big 'ol fluffball. She still sleeps on my chest but not all night. She will stay on my chest for about 1/2 hour and then she moves to inbetween my feet. I love her so much.
• United States
8 Jan 07
Pretty Kitty!
@crazynurse (7489)
• United States
8 Jan 07
Well, my first feline friend was killed by a car. We had moved to a new house and even though she was an indoor cat, she was spoofed by the move. When the door was opened one day she ran out...straight onto the highway and was killed instantly. A month or two later we went to the local humane society and adopted a wonderful cat that we have to this day. He is spoiled rotten! I believe we should always try to adopt stray and neglected animals rather than breed more!
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• United States
8 Jan 07
I agree with you about adopting rather then breeding. I also believe in loving our pets enough to have them neutered if you aren't able to take care of their offspring either yourself or by finding good homes. :)
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@Catkin (480)
• United States
8 Jan 07
Our older cat, Tigger, was a pet shop kitten. She was one of the perfectly healthy ones, though, thankfully. She adores people and get bullied by Bink, our big gray tom, who was a farm kitty. His mother lived on my half-sister's farm and we traded our other male, Poki (he couldn't adjust to the house we had just moved to, so we wanted to find him a good place) for him. Apparently, when he was still a tiny kitten, he fell out of the tree his mother had had her litter in. XD He was fine, but has always been rather feisty when he gets too riled up. He also has only half a tail, with a hook at the end and a kink just below that; we don't know if he has manx genes somewhere in there or whether it was just an odd mutation. Kitties are such wonderful companions.
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• United States
8 Jan 07
They sure are, and they require so little to keep them happy! :)
@babykay (2133)
• Ireland
8 Jan 07
Yes indeed, Romeo decided that his true love lay with you and not the neighbour. Perhaps conditions in the neighbours were unpleasant such as young children, food not quite up to scratch or indeed a lack of soft beds to lie on during the day? Consider yourself honoured to have been chosen by the discerning gentleman. My story of how I came by number one pussycat is, I stumbled out of the pub (10 years ago, these days I don't get to go to the pub) and heard a "miaow". It was a cold Winters night in November, I was with my (now ex) boyfriend who did not profess to like cats. So I saw this beautiful white and black skinny lady, all dirty and looking for some affection and care. This was on the street, at the time I was living in a really rough part of Dublin. I picked her up and brought her home. She is lying right behind me now. Since then we have always been there for her, at least I know she has been there for me and I very much hope I have been for her. One and a half years ago, a cat had kittens in my neighbours back garden, one of them was adopted here. My original Queen of the house is not so happy with the new arrival (still) but she is still the number one Queen Pussycat.
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• United States
8 Jan 07
Oh we do indeed consider ourselves as being honored by this wonderful Cat. What I truly love about Romeo that I haven't really had with other cats in my life time is a true communication with each other we really connect well regarding each other needs and wants. It has just been really different with Romeo then the others -- he is a great friend and companion. :)
• United States
8 Jan 07
We have 3 cats...one of them is a mom, and the other 2 are her kids. She had 4 kittens, but we gave away 2. The mom cat (Lena, we call her) was a stray. She actually started hanging out with our neighbors across the street. But then she started paying attention to us. Well, she started following my mom to work, she would sleep on our back porch. We had another cat then, but she was dying, and she hated Lena. She would watch Lena by the window and hiss at her, and hit the window. We had to put Desi down because she had bad arthritis in her legs, was getting really skinny, never ate, and was peeing all over the place, including on people. Well, when we put Desi down my dad (who isn't a cat person anyway) said "No more cats."...well, one night it was raining and we heard scratching on the door. Dad was at work. Mom called up dad to ask if she could come in since it was raining. Mom felt bad. Dad gave in. hehe. So Lena came to stay with us for a night. One night turned into 2 weeks. And then we realized that she was pregnant. Mom didn't want her to be a stray cat and pregnant because other cats and animals could have bullied her...made her easy prey. So we adopted her. She had 4 beautiful cats, and we kept 2...one was my birthday gift since they were born a day before my birthday. And the other mom didn't want to let go. And now we have 3 cats. lol. 2 boys and the mom. My dad wasn't happy, but he loves my mom so he deals with it. ^_^
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• United States
8 Jan 07
Ain't love grand! I wonder maybe secretly deep down your Dad loves the cats too -- they seem to have brought much happiness to you and your mom. :)
@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
8 Jan 07
That is so cute. I loved it. Well I have three cats two of them I got a the animal welfare that would be Maggie and Molly we often call them the M&M kids. Then there is Blackie she choose me I was living in another house at the time we had a lot of land so I saw some strays around. But Blackie kept coming to my back door, so I would feed her. I did this about a month then it started getting colder and she still would stay right around my house. Then she started climbing up my door screen and hanging on it. So I let her in and she went running through like a crazed cat. I dont think she was ever in a house before. I keep doing that for a while letting here in and then letting her out. Till she findly got okay with staying in. I love her to pieces. She is the smartest cat Ive ever seen.
• Canada
8 Jan 07
I have two Siamese cats. The first one came from the local pound. He was a kitten, and had already been adopted out, but was returned, because apparently he was too vocal, and loud. Siamese cats are noted for their voice and their opinions on life in general. The moment I saw him, I knew we were meant to be. He is Billy, my Love. The second one is also, a purebred lilac point Siamese, and he came from a breeder. The breeder was going to put him down, because he was born with a handicap and she wouldn't be able to sell him.He was born with only three legs. I overheard her tell someone in a pet store about this, and so I asked if I could have him. She agreed, and I took this little guy home. His name is Cuddlebunny, my Precious. Both cats are now 13 years of age. Bless their little hearts !
• United States
8 Jan 07
My cats name is Ghost, she is a 23 pound fluffy black and white. My children brought her home one day after going to Wal Mart. They said that someone was giving them away. My children also knew that I did not want a cat as I had birds at the time. Anyhow they took her outside and when I got home from work that night she was still sitting on the front porch. I took her some food and went to bed. She was not there when I got up the next day, I thought that my problem was solved. Getting home from work that next night I noticed that the kitty was still there, she was just sleeping in the dog house. I took her inside gave her some milk and food. She has been with us ever since. She is really a great cat and I am happy now that she never did run away.
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@kylerrhys (164)
• Philippines
8 Jan 07
just made itself at home just like yours...came out from nowhere..it was so little and very thin that turning it away would be a sin. =)
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@suscan (1957)
• United States
8 Jan 07
She was abandoned by mt Aunt's house,she was ypound and my aunt started to feed her. She wanted to find her a home and we took her. She is such a diva once she found out she had a home, she bonded with our dog and shed bonded with our hearts.
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• Canada
8 Jan 07
My Real Estate Agent had a friend who had to give up one of her cats because he didn't get along with the other cat whom she'd had longer. The day after I moved into my new place she came and brought him to me. I've had him for almost five years now.
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