Let's be honest...you don't own a cat - you're cat owns you.
(No cats were harmed in the making of this post ... although he was a little grumpy)
In honor of this little king's 1st birthday I wanted to share my experience with adoption and being a first time cat-owner. I adopted Hampton from the Kitty Bungalow Charm School for Wayward Cats in Los Angeles, which focuses on rescue and socialization therapy for feral kittens.
I chose a kitten because I had just moved into my own apartment, was starting my new job, and knew that I did not have the time to train a brand new puppy. Cat's, although more high-mainenance, are pretty independent, and any cat owner will tell you that you do not own your cat - but they definitely own you.
Being a first time cat owner I probably trained Hampton more like a dog than I should have. He loves playing in water, he growls, he may be the clumsiest cat alive, and he is now friends with my fish. But sticking to his true nature - he is HIGH MAINTENANCE - he will only drink his water out of a drinking glass (preferably on my coffee table) and will cry at the door if I do not let him come in and watch me put on my makeup in the mornings.
With so many animals being turned into shelters everyday, I think it is so important to do your research and look into adoption. Opposite of popular belief, I have had no problems with my kitty - if anything our bond is stronger. I also think that the place I got him from had such a great focus on rehabilitating them so they can be a successful member of catsiety.
Happy Halloween and Happy 1st Birthday Hampton!
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