Kitten, UP College of Fine Arts, photo by RickyV
His plan is simple: sneak into the target human’s bag and stay out of sight until the human gets home. Then ingratiate yourself with the human and his cohorts until you become part of the household before they even notice.
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From a longtime reader, CaitlynsMomma: Just wanted to let you know that a kitten adopted me and my daughter. Mr. Socks just showed up on my doorstep out of nowhere about 2 weeks ago. I figured he would leave once I left for work but he stayed and stayed so I took him in, got him neutered, got shots and flea treatment (found out he’s about 5 months old). I think he’s part dog because he just loves being cuddled and petted and follows us around the house. Now I know what all the fuss is about with having cats. They’re awesome!
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Cat adoption: the random cosmic method
1. Say “Cat, come here” three times.
2. Open the door to see if a cat has appeared.
3. Repeat daily until a cat does appear.
4. Offer the cat some food. (Tip: Cats love liver spread. Don’t bribe them with a whole can, just a teaspoon of it.)
5. See if you and the cat get along.
6. Take the cat to the vet for shots and flea treatment. We recommend having the cat spayed (or neutered) so she doesn’t wander off.
7. Congratulations, you’ve been adopted.
With the exception of Saffy, who was born in our dog-breeder friend’s garage, all our cats just showed up at our house and stayed.
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Photo from ZPETS
We’d like to welcome our online friends from Italy: ZPETS, a pet shop based in Florence. Check out their site. Even if you don’t read Italian, you’ll find that cat and dog people have the same concerns everywhere. (Should we bathe the cat? Why does she stare at me all day? Why does he ignore the expensive toys we buy him and go straight for the box?)