Baby Leo: Um.. Halp, I dun like no peoples.. I's just a wee baby kitten, why you touchin' me? Halp pwease, someone...
Such a scaredy-cat! Such a feral little thing! And please, scroll back up and look at them feet!! Fronts and backs! Oh my gosh, who wouldn't want that little fuzzball with all them toes and that sweet face?!
And then these:
Baby Leo: Um, hey, I think I already gave you my opinion on peoples and the touchin' thing.. no like!
Baby Leo: Ok, now this distance, I can deal with. You stay over there, I'll stay over here. All good?
Baby Leo: Hey, human lady, I'm ready to play now. Where's muh toys? Ok, no touchie, but you can play with me now.
Of course he got over his fear of people, well of Chrystal, and tamed nicely. I contacted Chrystal and after several email mishaps where we couldn't get mail from each other, we eventually started working on finding some way for me to get this little darling.
Teen-age Leo: So, 'kay, the lady here is ok. I kinda like her, she can pet me and give me snacks and I'm happy that I'm not outside in the cold now.
He was nine months old when I got him and I expected a lanky half grown kitten. I got a lanky adult size kitty! But we connected immediately! He rode home half the time on my shoulder, half the time in a kennel. He was not happy in the kennel as you can see.
Teen-age Leo: Um, halp? Not so sure about humans again.. Well, really just not sure about this cage thing, or the man person, but the lady person has a nice shoulder. Can I go back there?
Sure you can!
Teenage Leo: Ok, this is better. I might even purr.. (he did, but only for a little bit)
It was an eight hour drive back home with him, he was on my shoulder about half of that time. Talk about a stiff neck! But it was more than worth it!
Leo and I bonded on that trip home and in the days to come as he adjusted to our house and Star, the cranky senior kitty we had then, he attached to me even more. When he came out of his safe room/homebase/whatever you call it, he would follow me around. When he'd explore on his own, if he couldn't find me again, he'd meow and call for me and I'd go get him. He'd come running up as if to say, "You wont believe where I've been! Let me tell you all about it!" Eventually when he'd get 'lost' and would meow, all I had to do is call his name and he'd figure out how to get back to me. Such a smart boy! It didn't take him long at all!
Once he got over his fear of the stairs, he started sleeping with me all night and has never stopped. That's my boy, my baby, my little (BIG) sweetheart! He's my heart kitty and I love him so much!
I am so grateful to Chrystal for trusting me with him! And then a few years later, for giving him two of his sisters too! I love them all! But Leo is, and always will be, my heart kitty, my special boy.
There are several kitties in Winnie's Wish right now who want a person of their own. Someone they can maybe be their heart kitty? Someone out there is the absolute right wonderful person for each of these kitties! Are you one of them? How about a friend or family member of yours? Perhaps your friend knows the wonderful forever home for one or more of these kitties. We wont know unless we share! So please, Look over at the Daily Dose blog, pick a kitty from the sidebar and share it on whatever social media you use!
Just below my posts is a link to their petfinder, share that if nothing else!
Thank you!! I couldn't think of anything better than to have Leo's Gotcha day post to be the catalyst for another Wisher getting a home!
Here are the two most wanting of a home and person of their own of the wishers!
Sunspot! Doesn't like other kitties, but LOVES attention from people
Theo! He's a lover boy! He may take a while to adjust, but it will be worth it!
Those of you who know me on facebook will have noted that it was actually Yesterday that was Leo's gotcha day.. I kept thinking the date was Wednesday... oops, bad mommy! Don't worry, he got lots of love and a special snack to make it up to him!