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post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
Hi folks, glad to have found you! I actually administer another forum (not cat related) and spend most of my time there, but.....the addition of a new family member this past weekend has sent me outside my familiar zone and I found YOU guys!

A little about me. I'm a buyer for a multi-million dollar technology company in metro Atlanta, and I am owned by a dog and now a new kitty. When I moved to metro Atlanta from NC, I brought my three college kitties with me. Shasta was my oldest a lovely brown tabby, and he was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in his right front leg (oddly enough) and had his leg amputed and went on to live another wonderful five years with me (but never received another vaccination in his life after that - nor did the other two at that time). I said goodbye to him in December of 2002 at the "young" age of 14.

The next oldest was Chynna, a longhaired calico. I lost Chynna last month on May 5th. I had gone out of town for the weekend and when I came home, I knew that it was time to let her go. She had visibly slowed down the prior week, but she went downhill shockingly fast over that weekend. She was 18 years old.

The youngest of the group was Tyranny. She was mostly white with gray areas on her body - long haired. She was what I called my "autistic" kitty. She loved to be loved on, but the moment you picked her up - her entire body went stiff and pushed away from you. She was also my diabetic kitty and we had many years of two a day insulin injections, which she blessedly didn't mind. I had to say goodbye to her in August '07 at the age of 15.

So, after I said goodbye to Chynna, I found myself catless and lost. I knew I had a trip to go on at the end of May so only 1/2 heartedly perused Craigslist ads for kittens. In the meantime, my beloved golden retriever mix was clearly missing her best friend Chynna and had been moping since we lost her.

I had run to Petsmart this past Saturday to pick up some odds and ends and knew that it was pet adoption day, but didn't seriously think I'd be coming home with anyone. Well, Sammy had other thoughts on the matter.

I, like many others, gravitated to the cute kittens, held a few - but none felt "right" to my heart. I overheard the adoption ladies chatting and one saying "I can't believe that no one has adopted Sammy yet". Being the nosey one, I asked - which one's Sammy?

What a handsome boy! I checked his information tag - "good with dogs - check!" and "needs a companion at home" (I've got that - Diamond dog!!!)

I also was eyeing a pretty little girl named Bean who was very relaxed, even in the chaos of the store setting.

I knew after seeing both of them, I wasn't coming home alone. Called the Dear Boyfriend and said "would you be mad if I came home with a kitten?" He's says "you're going to do it anyway - so go ahead!" (we've been living together since '96)

I went back and forth between Bean and Sammy going "I don't KNOW!!!!" Well, one of Sammy's two foster moms (he spent time with two different women) was there and was able to give me some history on him, telling me how affectionate he was (which you couldn't tell in that setting - he was in information overload that morning), etc. And the fact that she teared up when she was telling me about him told me just how special this boy was to her, and that pretty much sealed the deal for me.

Sammy has settled in nicely, I even have some pictures of him and Diamond sleeping on the bed together last night (a little over 48 hours after introduction) that I need to upload to my computer later this evening.

Diamond is over the MOON in love with Sammy - she has her very own kitty again. Sammy is a blessing for that alone!

Sammy is the type of kitty that HAS to be touching you all the time. Either in your lap or pressed up next to you. I am so completely in love with this boy and it's killed me the last two days at work watching the clock so I can get home and spend more cuddle time with him.

I'm looking forward to many years with my Sammy boy! Here are pictures - he's 10 months old, and would you believe he started off life as the runt of a feral litter?

Edit - on the fibromyalgia - I plan to talk with my vet and make sure that Sammy is properly vaccinated with his kitten and first year shots and see if we can also move him away from vaccines as he will never be allowed outside. Going through the trauma and heartbreak of fibromyalgia, I'd just prefer to never risk that with another kitty if I don't have to.
post #2 of 16
Welcome! I'm pretty new here myself. Good luck with Sammy, he's adorable.
post #3 of 16
Welcome to TCS! Sammy is adorable!
post #4 of 16
Sammy is a cutie! Lovely marble patterns, and I like his collar!

Welcome to TCS!
post #5 of 16
what a handsome boy! welcome to TCS!
post #6 of 16

Welcome to TCS!!! You found the best cat forum around! I hope you love it here as much as I do and get some great infromation from all of us.

See you in the forums!

Sammy is sooooo handsome!!!
post #7 of 16
Hola y bienvenido a TCS, ...Catulina y Milky te saludan!!!........
(Translate: Hi and Welcome to TCS, Catulina and Milky say hello to you!!!...)

See you on the forums!
post #8 of 16
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone! I am so completely head over heels in love with this cat. I'm so glad that I stepped outside my box and adopted an older kitty. He's truly the cat's meow.

Even my boyfriend who wasn't crazy about getting another cat so soon has been hypnotized by this boy!

Because I'm so obsessed, I have a few more pictures to share of the new love of my life!

In my computer chair his second day here:

Kitty paw!!!

And less than 48 hours home, he's decided that this big dog who thinks he hung the moon is harmless! She really missed having a kitty around!

His fur is sooo soft - it's like bunny rabbit fur. I've never had a cat with such soft fur before. Satiny soft!
post #9 of 16

awww what a cutie! His little paw! and your dog is sweet too!
post #10 of 16
Hi there we're so happy to get the chance to welcome you and your gorgeous furfamily to TCS. I'm sure you'll enjoy your stay with us - we're one great big family and you'll find loads of friends here. If I can help at all while you're finding your way around TCS just click on my username and send me a Personal Message - I'll do what I can to answer your questions
post #11 of 16
What a pretty kitty! I really like that particular marking pattern on his side.

I know what you mean about soft fur; our Sterling feels like silk.
post #12 of 16
Sammy is adorable

post #13 of 16
welcome! cuteee kitty!
post #14 of 16
Thread Starter 
What a nice warm welcome from everyone! Thank you!
post #15 of 16

Welcome to TheCatSite
I am so glad that you and your sweetie pie have joined our wonderful community of caring people who love cats. Please make yourself at home.
I love your paw photo.
post #16 of 16
personality wise he reminds me of my Bruschi (BruBru). We adopted him 3/29/08 and he is so affectionate. He walked in our house like he had lived here forever. My other 2 cats were in awe. lol

I personally like to adopt kitties between 6 months and a year. It's a great age. They're still kitten-like but you can find out a little more about their personality if they're from a foster. I was told Bruschi was a cuddle bug and he is.

Sammy is a doll.
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