Anyone Else Have "cat-like Creatures"?
I love cats
so soon after buying a house I wanted to have cats in my home so I went to a nearby cat rescue shelter and adopted two cats that the people who ran the shelter said were "unadoptable". I like a challenge so I adopted Petey and his buddy Leo, and they are roughly the same age and had been together for several years and were found living outside by dumpsters. Neither one would let me pet them or touch them. I went back to the shelter to talk to the people who run it and was told they had twin kittens I might be interested in that were brother and sister. They were adorable and I could hold both of them so I adopted them. Long story short, all of 4 cats get along and since they live together they developed strange quirks: they all prefer to squeek instead of meow and 3 can no longer meow at all. Additionally, the older two who did not want to be petted or touched "turned" the kittens so as they grew up they, too, did not want to be petted, touched or held. The 4 of them are strictly indoor cats and I interact with them multiple times a day and do all of the feeding and care for them. For the most part they are indifferent to me except at meal time or play time and even then I am lucky to briefly pet one or two of them when they are distracted by food. Since they do not behave like normal cats I've taken to calling them the "cat-like creatures" since they resemble cats but do not behave like cats. Jackson Galaxy would remind us that we are "cat guardians" not cat owners. I love his show and may email him sometime over this issue. Petey is the alpha cat and is the most responsive to me. I can pet him and brush him almost any time I want to whereas the others will only "tolerate" petting at meal time and then only if they're in the mood to be petted. Anyone reading this who has NOT adopted a kitten or cat from a shelter please don't think this is normal behavior for shelter cats because it isn't. I've adopted several shelter cats previously and they were loving, playful and sweet cats. They all like to hear me speak to them and three will play when I offer them cat toys and interact with them. So I was wondering if anyone else in the group has "cat-like creatures" for cats?