Chris Comes Home

November 14, 2009, a day that will live in infamy. That was the day we decided to bring Chris home. We made that decision even after knowing that Chris was adopted by another couple two or three weeks earlier and returned the next day because he kept them up all night with his biting. This is like buying a car after finding out it was in a wreck.

We got to the shelter and visited with Chris one more time before making the final decision. Of course, it wasn’t much of a decision because we brought a cat carrier with us, fully expecting that it would come home with a cat in it. We had no trouble putting him in the carrier. We just opened the door and he walked right in. He also gave us no trouble on the way home. I think he was ready for an adventure.

When we got home the other cats were not happy. They hissed and growled at Chris but it did not seem to bother him much. Unlike Abbey and Flash, who hid under the bed the first day, Chris went exploring. He investigated every nook and cranny of his new home. He also stayed clear of the other cats for a while, but that did not last long. Soon he was jumping on them and biting their necks. I’m not sure if he was trying to establish himself as the alpha cat or he just wanted someone to play with.

Next time I will talk about the first night. Stay tuned…

Chris getting comfortable with Rose on his first day home.

Updated 02/18/2015: This is a video of Chris exploring after his adoption.

11 thoughts on “Chris Comes Home

  1. Jean

    Hi Charles, I was once proudly owned by a feline rogue my children named Tango, his markings and colours identical to Chris. His behaviour was equally naughty in one way or another but instead of biting (he did that very occasionally) he would stick his claws into our knees, he particularly liked doing that to any visitor brave enough to visit – this action became known as ‘being Tangoed’. Best of love to Chris.

    1. Charles Huss Post author

      Thank you for your comment Jean. I take it Tango is no longer with us. I’m sorry. The naughty behavior of our cats can be annoying at times but they also keep us entertained.

  2. onespoiledcat

    He’s a bundle of fun and it sounds like it’s ALWAYS been that way! Sometimes a cat just has trouble adjusting and “naughty” seems to help them become established – “pay attention to ME!”……..Chris sure was lucky you all gave him a “second chance” !


    1. Charles Huss Post author

      We didn’t know how bad he was when we adopted him, except for the biting, but we were attracted to his high energy. If I knew then what I know now, even with all the problems he caused, I would still adopt him.

  3. Rose Huss - Chris' mom

    Um…hunny…the next time someone brings a cat back to the shelter we are going to steer clear of adoption! Lol…Chris has truly been a highlight of our family and I would never have wanted it any other way! 🙂


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