||Eleven years old|
||Phoenix, Arizona, USA|
is Neptune and he came into my life through unusual circumstances.
Neptune was six years old when he came here. I had recently adopted a
one-year-old gray tabby, Greg, after loosing my seventeen-year-old cat a few months
before. Unfortunately Greg was very active, too much so for my older cat and
dog's comfort, and I was wondering how to solve this problem.
When I went to physical therapy my therapist mentioned that she had a
wonderful cat that was always hiding under the bed and coming out only at
night because he was just overwhelmed by the two standard poodles and
two-year-old human toddler in the house. She was very concerned about him. I
told her I had a cat that had been fostered in a house with fifteen cats and eight
dogs, and was very gentle. We thought we should try a trade, just to see if
it would work.
Neptune loves to play with straws and small toys, but he likes to do it when
he thinks no one is looking. He enjoys wrestling with his cat brother several
times a day when he's not getting his beauty rest or watching the birds out
the window. Getting brushed and being petted he totally enjoys until he's had
enough. His favorite thing is getting head scratches and chin rubs. Then he
lets out a little noise or a small nip and lets you know he's had enough.
Neptune is a little bit of a talker, but he's more likely to just stare at
you and expect you to figure out what he wants. The most special thing about
him is he can tell when something is wrong with his human or animal friends.
Last week "his" dog had an episode in the middle of the night and Neptune was
right by her side frozen to the spot like a hunting dog would point. He
wouldn't let me move him. My dog is fine, by the way, but he also did this
when my older cat died a few years ago.
My favorite thing about Neptune is when he climbs up on my lap, rests his
head on the armrest with a sigh and loves getting some nice petting. He
really is as sweet as he looks and pretty much the ruler of the house. If I
had named him his name would have been Fabio, because he's just too pretty.
Neptune has the cutest gurgle when he purrs.
Long story short, Neptune became an outgoing ruler of my house and Greg (now
renamed MacGregor) has become the ruler of his new castle too. Neptune is
very affectionate, curious and friendly to new people in the house. What more
can I say except trading was a crazy and very successful idea, and we are all
glad we did!
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