My Adopted Kitty

My Adopted Kitty

by Doug B.
(Columbus Ohio)

Leo, King of his castle.

Leo, King of his castle.

This is Leo, I am unsure if he is really any actual breed of cat, but if he has predominant traits they kind of point towards some coon in his lineage.

He is big, I haven't weighed him but the previous owner claimed he was around 20 lbs, and I would say he is 16-18 lbs minimum, and not much body fat for that size.

Leo is 6 Years old, and was adopted from a shelter as a kitten. I adopted him a few months ago when his owner was getting married and wasn't able to keep him.

He still acts like a big kitten, and while he is very affectionate, he will also play and draw blood without much encouragement, and is curious about EVERYTHING.

He speaks a lot, probably the most talkative cat I've seen besides a Siamese, and he has a soft voice, alternating between high pitched but quiet mews, and equally quiet chirps.

All in all he is a wonderful but challenging room mate, he is definitely an attention hound and does not like to be far away from me when I'm at home. He usually curls up and sleeps with me, if he feels like sleeping, but thinks nothing of waking me up to play at 2 or 3 o'clock in the morning.

My honest opinion is that he was taken care of but ignored in his previous home, as his transition took less than 24 hours, and he owned the place. He has never once acted "depressed" or tried to bolt out the door.

I was really expecting more of a 'getting acquainted' period.


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May 04, 2010 Cats know when they are wanted
by: Finn Frode, Denmark

Hi Doug. Leo is great a looking and very impressive cat - and from what you tell has a very good character too. Personally I prefer to be woken up at 3 AM and be able to go back to sleep, than at 5:30 and not be... 😉
Cats know when they are wanted. As his previous human was about to get married, maybe that was the reason he was a bit ignored, but then when he came to you he was offered your total attention and affection. With that choice no wonder he decided to settle down with you right away.

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May 01, 2010 Thanks 🙂
by: Anonymous

Thanks all 🙂 His eyes are actually green, with a darker green band around the pupil, and progressively lighter toward the outside edge.

I was looking for a cat for a while before I found him, my last cat died a few years ago (she was old) and it was time to find a new one. I did pretty much know what I was getting into before accepting him.

I try to make sure he gets what he needs to be happy, he can get privacy when he needs it and also gets plenty of attention. I live alone and he's my only pet, so he does pretty much rule the roost.

He's big enough that store bought litter pans are all too small, so I cut up a rubbermaid tote to use as a box, and that works pretty well, though I am thinnking of going larger yet.

He is VERY fair skinned, so is a full time indoor cat, too much chance of skin cancer developing if he is the sunlight alot, plus I DO NOT want to deal with brushing burrs out of matted fur.

He isn't deaf, though my last cat was, and he will answer to his name and come running when called.

If he'd quit waking me up at 3AM to play, he'd be purrfect 😀

May 01, 2010 Leo the great!
by: Tracey (England)

Aaah he's the King right enough! He's so relaxed and contented with you; Michaels right you must have given him a perfect home. You also seem to have taken him on with no hesitation which is nice.

I would also love to know what colour eyes he has; for some reason I would imagine them to be Yellow.

Is he deaf by any chance? Just that some White cats are.

He's a big lad and with his extensive vocabulary he does sound as if he has some Maine Coon in him.

Sounds as though you make perfect housemates.

May 01, 2010 Regal
by: Michael

Leo is regal. Very distinguished. He also looks very relaxed and at home. You must have made a nice home for a cat. I like that.

There are quite a lot of Maine Coon mix cats in the USA, it seems.

Leo almost looks albino in the pic, but I guess he is not. What eye color does he have?

Thanks for visiting and sharing.

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