Trouble has walked into my life.
Well, to put a finer point on it, I went and picked him up. XD He's my new cat. Okay, okay, I got him in June but, well, life happened.
When I went to pick out a cat, I went looking for a pure black cat, preferably male. Said cat needed to be able to get along with dogs, kids and in a busy house. After a lot of looking, the one that was suggested to us was this cat, Trouble.
Here's what we knew about Trouble in the beginning:
2-3 year old male, neutered
Fit all my previous requirement other than physical color
Needed a home. He'd been in the shelter for a while but due to some anxiety could not be involved in large scale adoption events.
He had no teeth.
After I went out to look at him the first time:
3-5 year old male, neutered
Fit my previous requirements other than color
Needed a home badly. He'd been adopted and taken back 3 times in the past year.
He had a restricted diet due to UTI's (urinary tract infections--very, very common in older male cats)
He had no teeth. He did at one point but they did surgery on his highly infected mouth one of the times he was brought back in and they had to remove all his teeth.
What I learned the day I took him home and the trial period was over:
He's 9 years old. Said so on the medical records they turned over to me.
He's an attention hog and will trip a person to get it. Doesn't like the dog.
He's the loudest cat I've ever owned.
Canned food, pate normally, only to keep the UTI's from happening
He has no teeth. Tries to bite things.
And finally, what I've learned up to now:
He's 9. He runs around like he's 3 sometimes.
He does fit all the requirements of my home. Though he has the 'cranky old man' act around the dog. I've caught them being friendly and cuddly with each other though.
He stole the dog's bed.
He may not have teeth but he is determined to eat kibble. He put his head in the bag I brought home after having to chase him out of the dog's.
He needs to go on a diet. He sat on the metal vent to my dryer and crushed it when he jumped off.
He eats butter if I leave it out.
He loves outside and is willing to wear a harness to go outside.
If it dangles, it's a toy. He's gotten stuck on my curtains and the science project my foster kid made fortunately went back together easily.
He drools from the lack of teeth.
He's a lovable, cuddly cat...to adults. Kids he permits to pet him.
He's got an internal clock better than mine or a rooster's. Breakfast? Dinner? He's all over that.
All in all, he's an amazing cat and I'm very happy to have him in my home. He is active for a cat his age. Sometimes. XD Homer likes having him around and when they're out back, they eat grass side by side.
Trouble has brought me many smiles and only one or two groans. I'm very happy to have him and am glad to share him with you guys!