I’ve wanted a cat for a long time. My longing intensified when my soon to be former stepfather got half custody of my dog Lily (I’m not sure why he has a claim to a dog that he did not adopt just because she was adopted by my mom while she was married to him and yet my mom has no claim to a house he bought while he was married to her but that’s another issue.)
I found Lily and the dog I had before her on Petfinder so I decided to look for a cat on Petfinder. I was especially interested in black cats because I find them beautiful and they’re harder to adopt out due to superstitions surrounding them. I saw a picture of a beautiful and cute black cat named Dr. Zeus. His adoption profile read:
Dr Zeus is a sweet 1-2 year old neutered male. He is very loving and always has to be by your side, even when it’s bed time and he tries to take up the whole bed! Dr Zeus is great with other cats and dogs once he gets to know them. He gives love bites but does not break the skin. He loves to play with toys and his favorite is the laser pointer. He came to us with a bite wound on his head and chin but we got him cleaned up and fully vetted. Now Dr Zeus is ready to find his furever family!
I was charmed by the description of his personality. He seemed like quite a character and like Lily in feline form. We filled out an application for him and the rescue group really liked us. Last Friday Dr. Zeus became ours.
True to his description, he is very affectionate. He loves to cuddle with me, nuzzle up against me and hog my bed. He’s a very vocal kitty. Although his meows sound rather mournful, I think he’s just being dramatic. His purring is one of my favorite sounds in the world.
He’s also very curious, adventurous and playful. He leaves no corner unexplored and jumps or considers jumping on every surface he can find. He’s jumped on the counters, the dressers, the washing machine, the refrigerator, the tables, the desks, the sink, the bath tub, the toilet and the towel rack. He’s crawled in to closets, pantries, drawers, cabinets, boxes and sheets.
He loves to play with his laser pointer, his feather toy, his catnip toy and balls. He gets bursts of energy in which he dashes up and down the hallway like a black streak of lightning. He’s a very slick, sly cat with an amazing ability to appear and disappear without you noticing.
When he first met Lily he was hissing and swatting at her but now that he’s gotten used to her he’s good with her. They’ll now lay in bed together and last night they even started playing together.
There are no longer any traces of the bite wounds he had on his head and chin but a small part of his ear is missing from a fight he got in with another cat. I think it’s the cutest injury ever.
A not so charming aspect of his personality that was not mentioned in his adoption profile is his tendency to scratch furniture. He wouldn’t touch his scratching posts and he was undeterred by the cat repellant we sprayed on the furniture. Luckily we seem to have found the solution with SoftPaws, caps that were put on his nails by a groomer at PetSmart. They have to be replaced every month or so but they’re worth it (declawing is considered inhumane and we signed an agreement not to do it.) Next month we plan on getting him orange claw caps for Halloween.
The other day a message popped up on my computer screen that said “Stop! This is a browser feature intended for developers. If someone told you to copy-paste something here to enable a Facebook a feature or hack someone’s account, it is a scam and will give them access to your account.” They neglected to consider the possibility that a cat had walked across my keyboard.
Although Dr. Zeus looks very handsome in a collar, he refuses to wear one. Oh well, you can’t win them all.
When I told people his name was Dr. Zeus, they asked me what we were going to call him- Zeus? Doc? Z? No, we call him Dr. Zeus. I think it’s a cute, clever name that suits him well.
Black cats are considered to be unlucky but I consider myself lucky to have Dr. Zeus.