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I just wanted to share with everyone on here how glad I am that I got my 2nd cat, Justin, about a month and a half ago.
He was a year and a half old, living in a cage with many other kitties in a woman's garage. Actually it is a much nicer setup than the local animal shelter, but was still not the life he deserved.
I delight everytime I see him do something that is new to him and in this way, it's like he's a kitten all over again. Here are a few things I noticed:
1. He had never seen a mirror before. He kept trying to look behind the mirror into my closet to see where that other cat was!
2. Today I dropped an ice cube onto the kitchen floor. Of course, Justin had to investigate and bat it around a bit.
3. The look of contentment on his face when he lays on the ground sunning himself and looking out the window. He's never had a window to look out before.
4. Playing in the bathtub with Stormy.
It is one of the most rewarding things I have experienced, that I have taken this cat that didn't have all these things before and gave them to him. But even more, it hurts to know that there are so many more like him and so many even worse off than him, that will never have anyone love and take care of them, or even just never have a real forever home. Many of them adult cats who have so much love to give if they only get the chance.
If any of you are thinking about getting another cat (especially if you have just one), please give it a try. With a little patience, my Justin who was a feral kitten and had lived in a shelter for over a year has flourished into a playful, affectionate, wonderful cat.
I just wanted to tell everyone how glad I am that I have him. ::))
 

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Wanna know what the saddest thing is? Adopting out a cat :cry: I adopted out a kitten today and I'm sad because she's gone
 

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Good for you.

My new adopted cat is 1 year old. She had no idea how to play. Finally, she got the hang of it, and she carries her favorite toy (we call it crazy feather) all around the house with her. She just wants us to play with her all the time. It's great.

When I first started doing routine maintenence (cleaning ears, wiping eyes, clipping nails brushing her tail etc) she did well, but she looked at me like I was crazy. No one had ever done this to her before. I thought it was sad that no one had cared enough before to make sure she was clean and healthy or had told her what a pretty girl she is.
 

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Aonir: Yes, it is sad.

But what keeps me going after an adoption is the thought that... Well now, I have the time and space to save another life. :)
 

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I'm glad you were able to give him a home. Our last 3 additions have been kittens we just had to take in, not planned at all, but I'm so glad we have them now. I know how you feel. Funny about the mirror; Frodo loves mirrors and will gaze at himself a lot b/c he thinks he's so sexy! :lol: He also wants to make sure you're watching him do this... :wink:

Impudent Rabbit, our greyhound was adopted as an adult and also didn't know what to do with toys at first. That's not part of most racing dogs' lives. It took her a few weeks to catch on, but she loves her toys now. It's so fun to watch her flip them in the air and act like a dog!
 
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