Doonesbury (RB and my first cat)- I instantly bonded with him the second I saw him in my mom's arms (mom got him for me as a surprise when I was about 7 yrs old and I still remember the first time I saw him! Have to really thank mom for that because she's very allegric to cats and dogs!). That bond was one of a kind-we were soulmates.
Rusty- Fell in love
with her the second I saw her with her littermates and bonded! She stayed with my parents when I moved here to MD (I left her with my parents mainly because she HATES me with a passion- that's a LONG story for another time!
Sammy- took me several weeks to bond with him- I rescued him from the street where he was hit by a car (was bleeding from head and mouth). It took me a couple weeks to bond with him due to him recovering from his injuries, me intending to find him another home (dad FORBADE having TWO cats but I finally convinced him to let me keep Sammy after I couldn't find any other home for him.
)and feeling frustrated with him picking on Rusty and not getting along with her in the beginning. HE also stayed with my parents and Rusty when I moved here
Sunniday (RB)- It took me about 2 weeks to bond with her because I was so freaked out by her uncanny resemblance to Doonesbury (RB first cat). I adopted her without seeing her first so when I opened the carrier, my face was like this-
Another factor of not bonding right away was the fact that I also intended to find her another home when I first got her from a family who planned to drop her off at the pound (she was 11 yrs old and declawed)
but after the 2nd week of no success in finding another home, I knew I loved her and couldn't bear to proceed looking for another home for her so she got stuck with me.
Zebra- Took me several weeks to bond with her because she didn't come out of hiding (under couch) for 2 weeks when I first adopted her and was very very shy for a couple months. She didn't bond to me for about TWO YEARS
-(I think she was abused before I got her at 9 months old-she's TERRIFIED of other people especially men). Now we have a special bond
and I think that is because I had to work so hard and long to get her to bond with me.
Buddy & Spike- I bonded
with them the second I saw them trying to climb out toward me from a cage at the vet at the age of 3 weeks old.
Pepper-Bonded with her the second I saw her
as a newborn with her littermates (mama cat who I rescued from a blizzard gave birth to 5 kittens in my bedroom!)
Each bond is unique and the length of bonding varies with each person and each cat I believe... I'd have to say as of now, I think my strongest bond are with Zebra and Buddy but I shower all 4 with love and attention EQUALLY.