“People that don’t like cats haven’t met the right one yet.”
~ Deborah A. Edwards
Eight years ago I met “the one” when Chris and I went looking from a friend for Ash, after we moved into our first apartment together. We went to Petsmart to look at St. Francis Society’s adoptable cats and agreed that we wanted a cat that wasn’t gray since we already had a gray cat, Ash. As luck would have it though, within moments of walking into the adoption center we knew we wanted the cute gray cat who was belly up and purring away in his cage. According to card on his cage his foster family had named him “Squirt” because he was a feisty little squirt when he was captured with his feral mom during a spay day event.
Needless to say, we brought him home the next day. Here is the first picture I have of him:
You can tell he was a still a bit freaked out about his new home there. He settled in quickly though!
After he was settled in I did try to find a name that was a bit more dignified than Squirt. In fact, I had settled on the name Salem, but it just wouldn’t stick. Squirt just suited him. 😛
Over the years, a few of Squirt personality traits have become very apparent (and endearing!). He is shy at first, but very curious. He is a scientist at heart and loves to experiment with gravity. Despite seeming to be the most nervous of the cats, he is actually the most easy going when it comes to change. He is generally well behaved and very polite and he has a strong paternal streak to his personality… He keeps an eye on everyone and acts as the father figure to the young’uns, even if he can’t boss them around like he did when they were little. (Photographic evidence here and here 😉 )
Here is a cute story so that you can get a sense of Squirt’s personality: One day, not too long after Titus decided to adopt us as his loyal subjects, I decided to give him his first bath. I filled the tub, grabbed Ty, and shut him in the bathroom with me to keep things contained. As soon as I lowered Titus into the bath he started
screaming protesting. I wasn’t too surprised that Titus was upset about his bath. What did surprise me though was the indignant meowing coming from outside the bathroom door. I swear that Squirt was trying to tell me to be nice to his new buddy and to let him in so he could make sure Titus was okay.
He doesn’t just keep an eye on the other cats either.. He also keeps an eye on Chris and I as well. Here is a picture of him supervising my online activities from his perch on my leg:
Even after all these years, I still think Squirt is the cutest cat ever. He also has such pretty green eyes!
I really can’t imagine life with out my Squirt watching over me. 😀
Happy Gotcha Day Squirt!