We have a 6 month rescue cat named Hamilton but he is called several nicknames by the family. (Ham bone, and Hammy being the most used)
We were not necessarily looking to add a cat to our family when we were visiting the shelter this past October. However, there was a little 2 month old black cat who knew he was coming home with us that day. He was certainly not the friendliest kitten we met that day, but he pulled at my heart.
Hamilton still is not an overly affectionate cat, but that is ok because every nudge, purr and cuddle when given, feels even more rewarding. Long story short, we discovered that his history was he was born to a feral cat who had given birth to multiple litters at a chemical plant, which is dangerous enough but add to that it is a very high traffic area. So, he was a lucky fellow that an employee cared enough to take him in for a chance in a forever home. (The mom has since been caught, spayed, ear clipped and released)
We have worked with Hamilton to be accept our petting, and our shows of affections. He seems to like to bite me, more than my husband or the kids. (our kids are teenager or preteen age) In fact he will lay with our daughter, on his terms and when he wants to. like most cats I know. We have a friend who works at the rescue shelter, and she was good with advice on ways to help Hamilton be more accepting of being held and petted. He is much better than when he first came home, and continues to show his loving side everyday. We know he may never be a lap cat, or snuggler but we love him just as he accepts us.
We also have two dogs our boston (8years) and a pekingnese (5 years old). Hamilton gets along very well with both of our ladies. In fact most days he acts more like a dog than a cat. The three of them are often found taking sun naps together, or bird watching from their favorite window.
Anyway, I am happy to be here . I look forward to exploring the forum and getting to know each of you as well.
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