Originally Posted by lovemycats74
Thank you so much. That is some great advice. One question. When you say let the kitten pick you what does this exactly mean? I really want to pick
the right one and donâ€™t want to make a mistake. Thanks so much.
I'll explain how I acquired some of my cats, that's the only way I know how to explain what it means:
Pirate- he was a teeny weeny kitten in a room full of like 6 other kittens. When they opened their room, all the others just wanted to play, and he literally attached himself to my leg and started biting, pretty hard. I picked him up, and it was like he just wanted to nibble and bite on me, that's all. Not cuddly in the least. But, at that moment, I felt like he was choosing me. I was told I shouldn't adopt him, lol, cuz he was so mean, but I said that I just hoped the bites would turn into kisses. And less than a week after adopting him, they did. He hasn't bitten me like that since. So, I feel he truly picked me.
Mama Mia- she was a foster. I never got as attached to a foster as I did with her. I had had skittish, untrusting fosters in the past that I worked with (my specialty
), and I just never got the urge to keep them. And one day, with Mia, I was sitting on the floor doing the normal routine of only giving her the option to eat from a bowl in my hands so she'd connect people with good things, and instead of eating (which is her FAVORITE pasttime
) she decided to give me kisses. And this was when she was still extremely timid with people, afraid of what they would do to her. At that moment I said to her that I would not let her go to another home and have to go through the whole "process" of adjusting and learning to trust again. That was well over a year ago, and she's still here choosing to give kisses instead of eat
Sidney (former cat, had to rehome)- I went to the humane society looking for a playmate for my itty-bitty kitten Pirate. I was looking for another younger kitten, maybe not as young but still a great buddy for him. I looked at a bunch of them, and when we got to Sidney's room, I didn't even notice at first that she was in there. I was interested in the 1 y/o in the room with her. Well, we opened the door and Sidney came out meowing the sweetest little lady-like meow ever, and started wrapping herself in and out of my legs. And she was the opposite of what I was looking for- I wanted a male kitten. She was a 4 y/o female cat. But she was the perfect little mommy/playmate to Pirate. That to me is a clear case of a pet choosing its person. She was the exact cat I needed at that moment- I would say she kinda saved me, and she somehow knew that I needed saving
Just be open-minded when you choose a buddy. Because in the end, the cat will ultimately choose you whether you like it or not. And you will know it, too. It'll be a gut feeling. Of course, if you think that the cat is choosing you and the description of them maybe says something like "is NOT suited for life with another cat- that's the reason the owners had to get rid of it, it was beating up their cat" then no, not the right kitty for ya
. It may take time to find one that really clicks with you and your little dude.