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I want to share something...Before my two current cats, I only had one, and he was not mine but the family's cat. He was beautiful, regal, fluffy and pure gorgeousness, but relatively stand-offish and independent. After him, I always yearned for a super affectionate cat. I never knew that I would actually be blessed with the most needy, affectionate, tactile, human-like cat in the world. I found him and his brother at a shelter. From the moment I saw him...I knew he loved people (I'm not arrogant enough to think it was just me he loved, lol!). I saw him in that cage, and he came right up to me without hesitation for some love and affection...
11 months on, and he's no different. I genuinely think I have the most needy, affectionate and human-like cat like in the world, that I find myself wondering, (is this a cat? Or something else?)

Does anyone else think their cat is the most RIDICULOUSLY affectionate cat in the world?? And I highlight the word 'ridiculous' because it's very fitting. He follows me EVERYWHERE and I often say he's more like a dog than a cat! He sleeps with me every night, right on my arm...LOL.

PS. I guess, I always wanted a loving cat....and I got exactly what I wanted and more. Bless little Indi. That's his name, Indi. :D
 

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I currently have a large brood. I can not go ANYWHERE in my house without at least 3 cats escorting. or 2 dogs following. I have not been able to sit alone in 19 years, used the bathroom alone in that same amount of time. or roll over in my sleep without finding at least 1 ball of fur smushed against me.

My heart kitty Sherbert would drape over my shoulder while I walked about doing chores until right before he died at 18.5 years. He was always at arms reach from me all hours of the day. slept under my blanket since he was weaned every night except a handful his entire life. Even got into the tub with me when I soaked in hot water (yet he complained when it was HIS bath time). Yeah they can be highly affectionate and attached.
 

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Yes to your question......affection is contagious, as what we give to animals is returned in kind....I have had both cats and dogs throughout my life....Cats are special but that doesn't mean that dogs can't be as affectionate. I just think that cats SEE more into the human soul and respond in kind...

We saved a young female cat from becoming feral or not being able to survive in the city after probably being abandoned. We already had three cats, the youngest 9 yrs old....Affectionate to her? NOT...but they tolerate her....Gradually, she lost her feral behavior and now seeks affection and closeness to us both.

I sometimes wonder if she doesn't remember the days in the 'hood' with danger lurking around every corner, not knowing where or when her next meal would come from. Would that be the source of her now affection? Perhaps...Perhaps in your case also...a return of the kindness you showed by picking him and him not wanting to be left alone again in a cage....As I said, they return kindness for kindness.....on their terms, btw.
 

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That's so sweet what you did for that feral cat. And yes, I think I agree. The way we treat animals can directly correlate to how they behave with us. The vet i go to always mentions how well behaved my cats are, I kinda think i was lucky...but perhaps, the love i give them makes a difference, who knows. It's funny....my old family cat was a full breed persian doll-faced chinchilla, probably one of the most beautiful breeds..(and I'll never forget him because i grew up with him, literally), but the personality you can get from a regular mixed breed domestic, can be so rewarding, as I'm learning now. It seems such a shame that more people don't just adopt 'street' cats from shelters...Or as you say, take in strays (if of course, the strays are willing lol). They can often be the most rewarding and of course healthy option, since mixed breed cats live longer by genetic reason alone. But I guess, it's a contentious issue.
 

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my cat thinks his a dog he will be on the floor with them he follows me every were but kenji is also a snow shoe/ siamese but still he is my cat he only likes other people on the day the leave or if they feed him.
 

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My cat is a Maine **** and in typical Maine **** fashion she follows me wherever I go. So did my last MC, it was one of the reasons I wanted another one of the breed. It sounds cute but she also wants to be entertained when we get where we are going.
 

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cat fetches and pants like a dog

i'm sure a bunch of you have already seen this one, but it's so fitting for this thread:

 
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