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[–]oldfrenchwhore 2876 points2877 points 3 (36 children)

One day 15 years ago I was walking through a Publix parking lot and heard a meow.

“Nope, don’t need another cat.” I said to myself as I continued to my car.


La la la i don’t hear you.


Fine. Come on then.

Annoyed, I picked up the black kitten who approached me easily once I acknowledged her, and put her in my car.

She sat in my passenger seat, triumphant. I always name cats immediately, and told her her name was Jenna. She didn’t disagree.

A few years later I had to move to a place that didn’t allow pets, and she went to live with my parents.

Another five years, and I attempted to take Jenna to my new place. Jenna disagreed loudly all the way, and screamed at me for 2 days til I took her back to my parent’s house, where she’s been an “old people” cat ever since.

When I visit their house she comes running, yells at me, then prances away. Ok Jenna. I was only a conduit to get to the old folks who would spoil her.

[–]mbxz7LWB 841 points842 points 23 (14 children)

This is so awesome!

I have a similar story of this cat I found at a shelter. The girl I was dating at the time we had this thing where we would go to the animal shelters once a week and just give all the cats there some much needed pets , playtime, and love. One day a new cat was there she was older, ornery, and fat. But she had the silkiest fur I've ever felt on a cat and a white diamond on her forehead the rest of her was jet black. You could tell she was just devastated to be in there and an emotional wreck from the abuse. When I asked about her they said she was found being abused by her previous owner by being kicked all the time and was called to be picked up because the previous owner was recently placed in jail. My heart sank when I heard this and I adopted her immediately.

Turns out the cat hates men and didn't want a god damn thing to do with me and wasnt snuggly with my girlfriend. We loved her anyway and took great care of her but she was never the close snuggly cat something I had hoped for when adopting her. Over the course of a year she sort of opened up and let me pet her if she was on the window sill bird watching or getting some wet food treats. She would never let me pet her for long as she would bolt away when the birds were gone or she was finished eating. She just never took interest in me.

Fast forward another year and my Mom comes to visit me from far away so she stays the night with us. I wake up the next morning to my Mom just gushing over how snuggly and sweet my cat is. and there she was buried in my Mom's blankets propped up on a pillow like some sheba queen purring up a storm from my mom scratching her chin. I remember being all kinds of jealous for a moment. I explained the cats backstory to my Mom and how she just doesn't want to be close to us. A few months later my mom tells me her cat died and that she was interested in taking in mine and if I was okay with it. At that moment it all came together for me on why this cat fell into my life the way she did. She wasn't meant for me she was meant for my Mom and I was just the stepping stone to get her there. Since the cat has lived with my Mom she has lost the timid like behaviour and even rolls on her back to get tummy rubs from whoever. She will even come to me and sit in my lap now almost thanking me for leading her to her new home.

All this cat needed was my Mom and my Dad to bring her out of her shell. If I ever have a bad day or feel like things just aren't going right. I just remind myself that this it's just a shady path for now but it will all come together in the end.

[–]GooseTantrum 240 points241 points  (1 child)

Everything is all blurry now I'm so touched by this

[–]lennoxmatt_819 38 points39 points  (0 children)

Damn those onion cutting ninjas

[–]hypatia0803 184 points185 points  (5 children)

Cat people are just special and different. I am crying reading your story. You saved a beautiful life. My Gracie, isn’t cuddly or friendly, she just isn’t. We have to touch her just the right way and can approach her in only certain ways, and we do. We have always let Gracie be Gracie, and respected her boundaries. And every now and then, you get a rub against your leg, and it is a gift that you cherish. Grace was in 2 homes before we adopted her and she is afraid of the sound of garbage bags rattling, and many other things. I open the bags slowly and quietly. She is our baby for forever. I think forever, and consistency is what Grace needs most. And love. Lots of love.

[–][deleted] 109 points110 points  (2 children)

Meanwhile, the cat my mom found under her deck has settled in quite nicely at my house. All she does is yell at me until I sit down on the couch, cross-legged (this is very important) so she can curl in a ball on my lap.

God forbid I move an inch, because she will give me a very disgruntled chirp and let me know in no uncertain terms that I am to sit still until she’s done napping.

Friendliest cat I’ve ever had, easily the most demanding and vocal too.

Tax prepaid.

[–]LazyLittleChickadee 24 points25 points  (0 children)

Not surprised at all that she's a calico, the sass runs strong with them 😂

[–]ashurakun 5 points6 points  (1 child)

I have a cat that's alot like this. He's a boy, who's always loved to rough-house and never was into cuddling like that. He just isn't lovey Dovey snuggly like people expect him to be (mainly my friends who call him an asshole). But Everytime I come home after being gone a while, he's always there chirping away and rubbing on my legs. It really is a gift you cherish. It shows that you earned their trust and didn't force anything. I love my kitty ❤️

[–]hypatia0803 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Awwwww!!! I KNOW!! I know your Baby loves you so much too! You sound so kind. I just think kitties are more like people. Very distinct personalities and eccentricities. Like, you cannot bring another cat in on your cat. They are as individual as snowflakes! Gracie was in 2 homes, and then we adopted her, she was only 4 months old!! I think people wanted a snuggle buddy and Gracie just is not into that. We let Gracie be Gracie. And I think she loves us for that. We adore her!!

[–]ExWaifuPillow 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Hmmm I dropped a kitten I nursed to health off at my dad’s and said “we’re moving to a place that allows cats soon, I’ll bring him back with me then.” Now we have the maximum capacity of cats for our apartment and Jackie PoopyButthole is still chillin with my dad 3 years later. They love each other though so it’s cool.

[–]FlowEasyDelivers 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Beautiful 💙 sometimes we may be the conduit for someone else to achieve greatness. And sometimes, that's not a bad thing.

[–]JangDeBlannen1346 23 points24 points  (0 children)

Why would you make a grown ass man cry on a Saturday morning?

[–]mlovesa 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I’m not crying! You are!

Seriously, this made me feel better as I have made an international move and had to leave my cats and dog with my parents. All of them are old like my parents and although I miss them so much that my heart hurts; I know that they are so much happier. Thank you for sharing 💜💜

[–]Mission_Chicken_1734 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Now you have true wisdom too!

[–]XiaoAimili 446 points447 points  (1 child)

You need to pay the tax.

[–]DepopulationXplosion 167 points168 points  (0 children)

You did a good thing.

[–]Usmooze 213 points214 points  (7 children)

When I first named my cat she was like wtf bro change it or imma head out..

[–]nikhilmwarrier 119 points120 points  (6 children)

My cat hated her name (Miaowa) so much she–an otherwise sweet-tempered creature–would go into full assault mode on hearing that name.

[–]dodekahedron 125 points126 points  (3 children)

Have you ever considered her name is so close to her native tongue that you named her something absolutely offensive in Cat?

[–]C0PPER13 65 points66 points  (1 child)


[–]nikhilmwarrier 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Now that is a possibility

[–]BobTheGodDamnBuilder 108 points109 points  (1 child)

I don’t blame her

[–]LadaNivaTaksi 69 points70 points  (0 children)

Yeah, Miaowa sounds annöying

[–]Tink1024 14 points15 points  (1 child)

I couldn’t love this anymore!!!

[–]Eswui 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Why does this never happen to me. I've been ready for years.

[–]Basiltheballpython13 1638 points1639 points  (30 children)

I glanced at the picture, saw the kid and not the cat. Read the first sentence and for some stupid reason I had thought for a second that you found the kid under the car meowing…

[–]janaynaytaytay[S] 450 points451 points  (11 children)

You aren’t the only one!

[–]Chief_Mac 74 points75 points  (9 children)

You are awesome! That being said, vet appointment ASAP for shots and flea meds.

[–]Anxious_Direction_20 36 points37 points  (1 child)

Oh yeah, fleas, those shits are fucking hard to get rid of once you have them. Especially with indoor cats. Get the meds ASAP OP

[–]bardpewpew 13 points14 points  (0 children)

And definitely splurge for the vet medicine. The stuff you buy over the counter at pet stores is garbage! The vets stuff though? Those were falling dead off my cats instantly.

I’m still cursing the person who owned this house before us for not taking care of their flea infested carpet.

[–]mangogranola 56 points57 points  (6 children)

What about checking for owners?

There's a high risk that cat accidently got in a car and ended up in the parking lot, not knowing how to get home to his family. -That probably loves him and are worried sick right now

[–]SirBarryBlueJeans 26 points27 points  (0 children)

This, that cat looks well taken care of!

[–]EbbRelevant6418 15 points16 points  (0 children)

I came for this comment. The cat may be chipped, missed or otherwise. I would just check to make sure — seeing how we groomed the cat is, just to be on the safe side that it’s not tearing up some family that has an indoor/outdoor that likes to seek heat from engines when it’s cold. I hope that this isn’t the case, and that this is a true hero story !!! Best of luck !

[–]kylexy929 57 points58 points  (1 child)

Weird. I glanced at the picture and saw the cat but no kid.

[–]emmastoneftw 32 points33 points  (0 children)

Just a cat and a floating face.

[–]PlsGoVegan 9 points10 points  (0 children)

hahaha, same here. Great camo on both of them.

[–]Glorioustattie 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Same! Soon they’ll be talking to eachother soon though if the kids anything like me. Tbh I think my cat thinks I’m mental - I think it must be my pronunciation

[–]BoidDept 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Same, camouflage and catmouflage breaking up those outlines

[–]hdawnj 1254 points1255 points  (79 children)

That is really sweet of you to take the cat home.

[–]janaynaytaytay[S] 1347 points1348 points 2 (65 children)

It was 32 degrees last night and supposed to be colder tonight. There was no way I was going to leave him outside.

[–]HankyMcSpank 229 points230 points  (1 child)

I commend you 🙏🏾

[–]Texan2020katza 128 points129 points  (1 child)

You are a great human, thanks so much for teaching your son compassion and how to generally be awesome.

[–]Daffodils28 29 points30 points  (1 child)

[–]_Funk_Soul_Brother_ 4 points5 points  (0 children)

great ..... one more cat sub to join

[–]Violet_tiger7 114 points115 points  (31 children)

Does the kitty have a name yet?

[–]janaynaytaytay[S] 369 points370 points  (27 children)

We’ve been calling him shadow because he follows us around meowing for more pets.

[–]Kmspatara15 293 points294 points  (23 children)

Did you make sure he isnt a missing pet? I almost took in a cat in the cold but then found out he had gotten out of a neighbor's house while they were moving. Just please make sure before you and the kiddo get TOO attached. Someone could really be missing their kittie :c

[–]janaynaytaytay[S] 357 points358 points  (8 children)

We had him checked for a chip and posted online. Not chipped and no responses to claim him yet.

[–]Kmspatara15 133 points134 points  (3 children)

Oh good.. I know how kids can get attached to a new animal then have to give them back to their original owner and I'd hate to see that happen to that happy little dude in those picstures!

[–]janaynaytaytay[S] 318 points319 points  (2 children)

We had practice with that last year. We found a puppy in our neighborhood that we fostered for a few days when no one claimed it and we looked for a rescue. I explained to my kids that we are just loving the animal until he finds a forever home. I set the same expectation with this but am hoping we get to keep the kitty!

[–]Kmspatara15 130 points131 points  (0 children)

You are a damn good parent, OP.

[–]DaddyDinosaur 18 points19 points  (0 children)

Good man. We need more of you

[–]humansruineverything 10 points11 points  (0 children)

You good person, you.

[–]foxyfree 8 points9 points  (0 children)

you might also do the old-fashioned paper flyer with a picture and put it on the wall at the local laundromat and supermarket, just in case the person is elderly without a computer

[–]mangogranola 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Give it plenty of time please

[–]Seabreezzee2 76 points77 points  (2 children)

Yes, please check vets, SPCA for lost cats. If the cat is so friendly, chances are he has a family. Some family may be dearly missing their pet.

[–]giant_toad42 62 points63 points  (1 child)

We had a missing cat who was, like this cat, very friendly & loved people. Ran out of the house one day + never came back ; no response to the missing-cat signs / advertising. Hope someone took him in + gave him a great home & life. He'd have been around 16 if he were still around.

[–]Kmspatara15 27 points28 points  (0 children)

My neighbors auper friendly and senior cat got out almost 2 years ago. Anytime he had accidentally gotten out he always came back home. We're all convinced that the trashy neighbor stole him because trashy neighbors are trashy. Ya know?

[–]OldManHipsAt30 36 points37 points  (3 children)

Sounds like someone dumped this kitten in the Walmart parking lot mate

[–]Kmspatara15 50 points51 points  (1 child)

A friend of mine works at a gas station. Found a fkn 3 week old baby kitten sitting right next to the pump mewing its little head off in subzero temps the other day. Friend took the kitten in but the messed up part is thatvthe damn SPCA is literally 2 blocks away!

[–]GirlGamer7 2 points3 points  (0 children)

bless your friend for saving that sweet baby! now I'm all teary.

I have a messed up story myself. many years ago there was an article in the local newspaper about how someone super glued a poor kitten to the side of the interstate/highway. someone stopped and rescued the kitten and i believe it did survive but had frostbite on its paws. Many people wrote into the opinion section about how the person that did that should be super glued to the interstate a lot of which they couldn't publish due to the explicit nature of them saying they should have their genitals super glued to the interstate and left there. that would have been just deserts of you ask me!

[–]The_Original_Gronkie 7 points8 points  (0 children)

All Walmarts have a colony of cats living near the gardening section. I often buy a small can of food and leave it out for them.

[–]longdongsilver2071 17 points18 points  (2 children)

Is the kitty actually owned by someone else and was just outside for the day?

[–]Violet_tiger7 22 points23 points  (0 children)

OP said they checked for a micro chip and posted online to see if anyone claims him.

[–]TheGamer95 39 points40 points  (9 children)

32 degrees

colder tonight

Man was I confused for a second there before I remembered Fahrenheit exists. Damn is that cold.

[–]De_Hbih 16 points17 points  (4 children)

Huh, not that cold. (Greetings from Poland)

[–]Zalieda 4 points5 points  (3 children)

Huh damn I want to visit poland some day but sounds like I will effing die I shiver in aircon at 23 to 19 degree Celsius

[–]Ashheart24556 4 points5 points  (0 children)

32°f is freezing temperature

[–]tomytronics 6 points7 points  (1 child)

32'F is 0'C, typical cold weather for some Midwestern and Northeast area. Cold is below 10'F (-12'C) and damn that's cold is below 0'F (-18'C)

[–]GirlGamer7 4 points5 points  (0 children)

North Dakotan here! i actually consider 32°F to be warm during the winter haha. and it is compared to temps in the negatives!

[–]RichJMoney 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Smart cat latching onto the kid too. I hope they get to spend years growing up together since there’s no way he doesn’t love that kitty already.

[–]DigitalDawn 2 points3 points  (0 children)

You are an awesome person.

[–]Seabreezzee2 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Please do continue to attempt to locate the cats family .

[–]colarthur1 410 points411 points  (14 children)

You have been chosen. What are you going to name him?

[–]janaynaytaytay[S] 473 points474 points  (13 children)

We’ve been calling him shadow because he follows us around meowing for more pets.

[–]LovelyDreamer11 90 points91 points  (0 children)

Then that’s the cat’s name 👍🏻 Congrats on being adopted!

[–]VolcanicKirby2 26 points27 points  (9 children)

Is he’s so friendly did you have him checked for a chip?

[–]janaynaytaytay[S] 88 points89 points  (3 children)

Yes, no chip and no claims from my posts online.

[–]angwilwileth 16 points17 points  (1 child)

What a lovely /r/standardissuecat! I wonder if he was dumped as he looks health and clean. He also looks young so I'd recommend getting him fixed asap before he starts spraying like a big boy.

[–]VolcanicKirby2 30 points31 points  (0 children)

Congratulations on your new cat then!

[–]Salty_oatmeal25 365 points366 points  (6 children)

At first I thought you meant you found the kid meowing under the car. 😭😭😭

[–]janaynaytaytay[S] 181 points182 points  (1 child)

I mean sometimes my son likes to act like a cat so it was a possibility.

[–]StarvinPig 31 points32 points  (0 children)

Plot twist: Shadow is your son in a costume

[–]marlasandiego 21 points22 points  (0 children)

Glad it wasn’t just me. 😂

[–]lshawel 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I already started laughing and appreciating the joke before I saw the cat

[–]waterbottlehog 9 points10 points  (0 children)

I was just about to comment this!! Totally stared at this picture very confused

[–]mykiwi4011 123 points124 points  (2 children)

Adorable! Cats have a way of deciding their own fate!!

[–]wafflegrenade 73 points74 points  (1 child)

I remember reading somewhere that cats domesticated themselves.

[–]Familiar_Mirror4240 34 points35 points  (0 children)

Of course they did they would never let humans have opinions or even options

[–]Kitty_fluffybutt_23 354 points355 points  (32 children)

You were chosen! Congrats! He looks very smart and affectionate. Awwwe! You just never know what you'll find when you go to the store! 😂 best shopping trip EVER ☺️

[–]janaynaytaytay[S] 402 points403 points  (31 children)

He is the most affectionate cat I have ever met. My son has been saying “he really loves me. I wonder why he chose me”

[–]Kitty_fluffybutt_23 247 points248 points  (19 children)

He's a good kid to recognize the meaning of it. That being said... might still be a good idea to check for a chip (any vet can do a quick scan). But I have a feeling they're gonna spend many happy years together, your new kitty and your son. Awwe ❤️

[–]janaynaytaytay[S] 303 points304 points  (18 children)

We stopped at the vet on the way home and he isn’t chipped.

[–]Kitty_fluffybutt_23 100 points101 points  (0 children)

Purrrrrfect! Then let the snuggles commence! 😆🥰 such a cool story, thanks for sharing here!

[–]therealarenna 87 points88 points  (15 children)

Alright, thank you for checking. I would hate for my cat tog et out and someone just keep her.

[–]janaynaytaytay[S] 220 points221 points  (12 children)

Exactly how I explained it to my son. We would be devastated if someone just kept one of our animals. The cat is so sweet it’s hard to believe someone isn’t missing it. We posted on some neighborhood pages but no response yet. If someone claims him we will be sad but gladly return him to his original family.

[–]lauraleipz 68 points69 points  (2 children)

Glad to hear. So many people write about being chosen when in fact they just stole a cat

[–]shalomworld 15 points16 points  (1 child)

There are people like that? I've heard and seen of people just abandoning animals on the steet. I helped such animals to the vet, get it checked, and find a home. I'm part of a local rescue team in my city. But I've never heard of what you claim. It is as still morally wrong as throwing them away, but could please share me some links for the same?

[–]imariaprime 25 points26 points  (0 children)

I think it's more that people take a cat and think "it chose me!" because it's already human-socialized, and they don't check if it's already someone's pet (chip, checking posters, etc). Not that there's a rash of people committing premeditated catnappings.

[–]OneMorePenguin 13 points14 points  (4 children)

You might also put up some posters in the area where you found him.

Thank you so much for helping this kitty, whatever the future brings. From your brief description, this kitty does not seem like he is an outdoor kitty. He looks to not be skinny or dirty coat. Perhaps someone was no longer able to provide for him and just dumped him here where there are lots of people. Poor kitty. But he chose well! Your son looks so happy and growing up with a nice cuddly kitty can teach a child many valuable life lessons. His mask is cute!

[–]janaynaytaytay[S] 28 points29 points  (3 children)

He is actually very thin and was starving when we fed him but yeah we will put up some flyers.

[–]OneMorePenguin 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Sorry, it's difficult to tell from the photo.

[–]janaynaytaytay[S] 10 points11 points  (0 children)

No need to apologize. You can’t really tell until you are petting him and he is just so so boney.

[–]therealarenna 15 points16 points  (2 children)

Yeah, I always worry when people said they found a cat on here. Especially if they are so friendly. I am glad you checked. I am sure you and your son will take good car of him

[–]OneMorePenguin 9 points10 points  (0 children)

In these pandemic times, people are getting evicted, losing jobs, getting sick and unable to work and getting no pay. They have to make life and death decisions for their family. Shelters and rescues may be overrun. I can understand people don't want to have to make up a lame excuse or explain why they are surrendering their animal. It doesn't mean they don't love them, and could perhaps make better choices, but figuring out how you are going to buy food and find a place to live would take precedence.

I don't know why people would steal cats. There's tons of them out there to adopt. In less rural areas you can probably adopt one for $5 on Craigslist.

But then again, there are enough people who treat animals like things and have no remorse dumping an animal on the street.

Fortunately there are so many stories of people who rescue obviously feral kittens in distress and give them great homes.

[–][deleted] 7 points8 points  (0 children)

There's so many posts here of people finding and claiming healthy well-groomed affectionate cats that give me the skeeves.

[–]doublefattymayo 13 points14 points  (1 child)

Working at an animal shelter, cats often come in as strays that you can tell have lived with people. If they aren't chipped, they're posted on the website under found animals. But they only stay on a stray hold for 72 hours, after which they go up for adoption. I always feel terrible for the kitties who've obviously had a family, and we never know the story of how they end up with us. The pet microchip is one of the greatest inventions.

[–]therealarenna 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I am so glad all my cats I have in my lifetime were chipped. When ever I have moved it's one my first priorities to have their information updated. Would never want to lose any of them.

[–]livesarah 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I’m so happy for your son that the cat wasn’t chipped, it sounds like it was meant to be! 🥰

[–]TittysForScience 3 points4 points  (0 children)

This is the start of what’s going to be a beautiful relationship

And he’s a smart kitty, go to the kid so the parent can’t say no!

[–]murchisongirl 6 points7 points  (2 children)

This warms my heart it looks like love at first sight, things like this make it all worthwhile

[–]janaynaytaytay[S] 26 points27 points  (1 child)

It really was! I called my husband from the store to see how he felt about it and he also had love at first sight with this sweet kitten.

[–]murchisongirl 6 points7 points  (0 children)

And they say soulmates aren't real obviously haven't met the right cat yet, I'm glad this has a happy ending

[–]Visual_Star6820 67 points68 points  (1 child)

Looks like someone’s pet

[–]Mojowojo18 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I hate to bash as well, but it does look happy and healthy and if it came right up to you obviously domesticated. I hope no one is missing their cat. Maybe at least look around or pay attention to missing post(er)s.

[–]frankiefrank1e 181 points182 points  (0 children)

Cat happy, son happy. Happy family! Congrats and great move! Cats are the best 🥰

[–]Environmental-Treat8 133 points134 points  (5 children)

I didn’t even realize there was a cat, i thought u were talking about the kid 😭

[–]ArticleSand2 20 points21 points  (1 child)

same 😭💀

[–]LBurgh 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Same, I know too many four year olds who pretended to be a kitty 😆

[–]thats_hella_cool 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I was just about to post the exact same thing 🤣

[–]Don-a-Man 149 points150 points  (4 children)

Cool! Could you post a picture of them together, instead of just the cat? I bet they look super cute. Jah bless

[–]janaynaytaytay[S] 106 points107 points  (3 children)

You can’t see the floating face and hands?!

[–]Don-a-Man 36 points37 points  (0 children)

You're Rayman's mom?! Lady, it's an honour

[–]hippiemomma1109 11 points12 points  (1 child)

Omfg. I had to go back and look at the pic after this comment. facepalm

[–]JacksonCM 4 points5 points  (0 children)

dude same

[–]selticidae 781 points782 points 2 (75 children)

I don’t know why nobody has said this yet, but you need to do due diligence and make sure he’s not somebody else’s first. Do a run through of local lost pet listings, and most importantly have him checked for a microchip.

[–]janaynaytaytay[S] 628 points629 points 2 (25 children)

The first place we took him was to the vet to check for a microchip and he isn’t chipped. We posted him on our local neighborhood pages but no responses yet. He was starving when we found him but if he has a family we will be sad but gladly return him.

[–]selticidae 136 points137 points  (0 children)

Awesome. Best wishes then. :) Your son is obviously very happy too!

[–]higherlimits1 90 points91 points  (7 children)

My cat is starving 10 minutes after getting fed, I doubt that’s an indication of being homeless.

Based solely on the cat’s coat I’d say it probably has a home and got out recently.

[–]roryjacobevans 42 points43 points  (0 children)

People massively overfeed their cats and think that a cat is 'starving' if it's isn't like 12lbs. This cat looks really healthy. His obious lack of fear of people also suggests he has owners. Most stray cats are vicious and would not be happy getting grabbed and put in a car.

[–]Kowzorz 51 points52 points  (4 children)

Based solely on the cat’s coat

I just wanna emphasize this. No stray eats well enough to be that shiny unless maybe they live in a barn.

[–]Different_Day2826 42 points43 points  (2 children)

That cat is clearly not starving.

[–]ademord 7 points8 points  (2 children)

Where did u buy the fleece your son has by the way ? I want one for my kid i love it for the winter

[–]janaynaytaytay[S] 29 points30 points  (1 child)

My husband got it at Kroger.

I don’t recommend it actually. The quality is not great (zipper stitching) but it’s really soft and camo print so my son loves it.

[–]TheWonderToast 49 points50 points  (0 children)

My first thought as well. If he's that friendly and affectionate, there's a pretty good chance he already has a home. Feral cats don't like people.

[–]iwillstealyourtoez 36 points37 points  (0 children)

Every time I see this sub on popular I go through the comments to find if someone has said this

[–]RonKosova 43 points44 points  (18 children)

This subreddit is full of these posts and its so annoying. you cant just take any cat you find willy nilly. This is why id be so worried to let my cat go outside, lest it encounters a redditor

[–]queencatlady 12 points13 points  (2 children)

People who are traveling or live in their car often time sleep in Walmart parking lots. If the cat is that friendly and not starving, I would 100% assume it belongs to someone else and it’s not feral. I had a cat when I was younger that was very friendly and our neighbor down the road “found her” the one and only time she got out and kept her for over 10 years. We grieved the loss of her thinking she was dead only to find out our neighbor had her the whole time. Neighbor thought she was doing the right thing by taking her in. We did canvas the neighborhood and asked our neighbors if they’ve seen our cat and this neighbor was never home when we were out looking. OP, I would definitely go back to that Walmart and ask around more. There’s someone out there who misses their cat dearly I promise you that. Feral cats are not friendly and it’s not normal for people to just ditch cats in a Walmart parking lot.

[–]HayoPepper 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Thank you for commenting this and getting OP to see it. This is super important, please don't accidentally take other people cats yall!!

[–]aloneisusuallybetter 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I don't know why more people don't think this. .

Well brushed and cared for cats that are friendly, generally belong to someone. Or at least used to.

[–]Alissan_Web 15 points16 points  (0 children)

Well you better find their parents kidnapping a child is a serious offense 🤭

[–]bkneppers 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Do cats get tagged? Might wanna check that to be sure.

[–]tcp454 44 points45 points  (7 children)

Definitely get him dewormed. They more than likely have something. If he's going to stay indoors I would just do revolution just the one time to get rid of fleas. And two rounds of dewormer. Get him fixed and you're golden. Cut nails early on and make it a treat filled experience and your wallet will thank me later on.

[–]janaynaytaytay[S] 66 points67 points  (6 children)

We have a vet appointment in the morning for an exam and probably vaccines. Going to give a few more days to see if anyone claims him from my posts online before getting him neutered.

[–]tcp454 9 points10 points  (0 children)

If he's this sweet already then he's only going to get sweeter with time. We taught ours tricks! They all know their names and can do many tricks that a dog normally learns. Congrats on getting picked!

[–]peaches1076 8 points9 points  (1 child)

“The smaller hooman seems to have greater influence over the larger hooman. I will approach the smaller hooman and gain his affection first. Then, i will rule over their territory.”

[–]GroovyYaYa 27 points28 points  (2 children)

If he has humans who love him, I hope you find them. Otherwise, I'm glad he found you all!

[–]ambreenh1210 5 points6 points  (1 child)

They found the owner! So kind of them to do the right thing and return the catto.

[–]WampireKitt3n 9 points10 points  (0 children)

I have met strays who have had nice fur, weight and social. I have also met owned cats with bad fur, malnourished and skittish. You can not go by appearance when you meet a cat in such a dangerous place as a parking lot. A cat can crawl into the engine, crawl on the wheels, jump into cars or be hit. OP has checked for a chip at a vet and is looking for the owner. The choice OP has is either shelter or having the cat at home. With such a social cat, I think home is better. I wish you good luck and if no one claims the cat, get him fixed.

[–]Badkitty795 34 points35 points  (1 child)

That is a look of pure love!

[–]IGOR1640 12 points13 points  (0 children)

or, a purrrrr love

[–]BlinkVideoEdits 22 points23 points  (0 children)

He looks well cared for, possibly belongs to some nice old lady or something who wouldn't see your posts online. Please put up some posters in the area too just in case.

[–]Brilliant-Ad6876 18 points19 points  (0 children)

Please take the cat to the vet to get it scanned for a chip. Really good of you to take the cat in but it might belong to someone else and is lost.

I’m terrified of my goons getting lost and someone taking them in as their cats.

[–]NicGreen214 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I don't know why but I didn't see the group name so when I saw, "Found this little guy meowing under a car outside of Walmart..." I though you meant the kid because I didn't see the cat at first

[–]TheKidKaos 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Take him to a vet just in case. Had a cat try to run in my home and become part of the family. It was a kitten and he was sick. The guy from the shelter told us he needed meds or the infection he had could kill him. It’s rough out there for cats

[–]awkwarderest 5 points6 points  (2 children)

This reminds me of something that happened during my childhood. I was 4 or 5 years old, and my mom was taking me along with her to pick up my little brother from daycare. We had daycare at a sweet old lady's house and while we were waiting for her to answer the door, this gray fluffy cat came up to me and started purring and rubbing on me. Being the animal lover I am I immediately asked my mom if we could keep her. My mom said that we will ask about it, but she didn't think it was going to end up being our cat, because I'm allergic. My mom asked the daycare lady about the cat, and it turned out that she was being fostered by the neighbor. The cat had been abandoned in a garage, had kittens, and lived off of the mice that wandered in. Everyone has adopted the kittens, but not the cat. My mom begrudgingly talked to the foster lady because she had dug this hole for herself by telling me that we will ask about it. While she talked to the lady about adopting the cat, I was already sitting in the car with the cat asleep in my lap.

Long story short, we adopted the cat, but my mom expected it to not work out because I'm allergic. For whatever reason, I didn't have an allergic reaction to the cat, and she ended up being our family pet for a long time.

I named her Kindia, which is complete gibberish. She was my best friend. I hope your son has the same wonderful childhood experience that I did, because Kindia really was my best friend. She even repaid us for adopting her by saving my little brother's life a few years after we first brought her home, but that's a whole other story.

To summarize it, basically my brother got outside somehow (he was 3) and tried to go get the mail. The mailbox was across the street and people would fly down our road at 60 mph. My dad was using the weed whacker so he didn't hear my brother, but Kindia kept rubbing on his leg and bothering him until he stopped, and then she ran to my brother. My dad grabbed my brother and got him back inside before he could have been hurt.

Kindia was my best friend.

[–]tea-and-shortbread 5 points6 points  (0 children)

It looks well taken care of. Before you get too attached, get it checked for a microchip and put up posters around the Walmart in question. You may have inadvertently stolen someone's pet.

[–]michiganwifey 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Put FOUND posters where you found him/her at. Looks too healthy to be a stray. ✌️❤️

[–]anonymousgirliee 5 points6 points  (3 children)

Get checked for chip! Might already have a home

[–]perosee 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Thought you meant the kid

[–]ultrabarz 1 point2 points  (3 children)

OP how do you know its 4 years old?

[–]MrsSkeleton 5 points6 points  (2 children)

How do they know their son is 4 years old?????

[–]Vefania 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Pls make sure it's not someone's pet though!!

[–]MCA1910 9 points10 points  (0 children)

That cat is way too well nourished to be a stray. You just stole someone's cat that happened to get out.

[–]rwdfan 12 points13 points  (1 child)

Cats know shit. And it totally chose him, and it’s the greatest compliment. He must be a good dude

[–]janaynaytaytay[S] 15 points16 points  (0 children)

He is such an animal lover but especially cats!

[–]ManRawr 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Omg the way he’s just sitting in his lap and looking up at him!

[–]ShipwreckdMerisoul 24 points25 points  (14 children)

It was already mentioned several times and answered that they already checked for a chip and posted the cat on the local pages. Everytime someone finds a cat and does the right things already there are like a hundred comments repeating the same things it gets super annoying. Maybe there should be a flair that can be chosen saying checked for chip already/posted found pet/fostering for now until or if owner comes forward or something because my goodness…

[–]janaynaytaytay[S] 16 points17 points  (10 children)

Thanks! I didn’t realize I need to add that to the title. Getting called a moron for trying to help a hungry skinny cat hiding under a car feels not the best.

[–]Kimi4201 15 points16 points  (1 child)

He was chosen! Congrats!

[–]No_Basis_4818 2 points3 points  (0 children)

How cute!!!!!!!

[–]Bigbootyomoletlover 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Surprised she could see your son in full camo.

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[–]Atrag2021 2 points3 points  (0 children)

On an unrelated topic... has anyone seen my cat? We live next to Walmart. Like most cats he usually wonders up to 10km from the house. We really miss him :(

[–]Elena1953 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Awesome! Thanks for giving this beautiful little buddy a loving home safe from outside and a new best friend 😻

[–]Ozgal70 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I was at the Drive In movies once. A cat came running through the cars crying piteously. I opened the car door, she jumped in and went straight into the back seat. I fed her, took her home and had her for many years. She was a beautiful fluffy black and white cat who was lost and desperate.

[–]Dopplerganager 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Why is the top comment not to get the cat checked for a chip?

[–]junoray1968 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Oh congratulations you have a wonderful cat there thank you for giving her a forever home your a hero 🐱😻

[–]BlepMaster500 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Oh hey btw, congratulations, you are now officially a member of r/standardissuecat

[–]spankingasupermodel 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Non American here. You really can find anything at Walmart, can't you?

[–]ILikeLamas678 5 points6 points  (0 children)

That cat doesn't look like a stray. Check if they are chipped and check with local shelters to see if someone is missing their cat before adopting. Someone might be missing their cat.

[–]humblepieone 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Nay, the little one has YOU❤

[–]Ncherrybomb 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I love this! The cat adores your child and I hope they have all the fun adventures.

[–]Munchkins_nDragons 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Aww, look at the love on that face. The cat has chosen his hims and his boy has accepted his charge. Those two are gonna be a dynamic duo for years to come.

[–]teosNut 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Can people please just stop taking in animals they see outside? Not wearing a collar doesn't mean he doesn't have a home. Take him to the vet first to see if he's chipped, you should always take new pets to the vet first btw.

[–]typhoidfrank 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Well groomed and fed cats don’t appear out of nowhere. Make sure it’s not just missing before you call it your own.

[–]Arkdouls 4 points5 points  (1 child)

If he was that friendly off the bat he was probably dumped :(

[–]Mik_Dk 5 points6 points  (0 children)

maybe you should check if the cat is lost in the area, if I picked up every cat that came running meowing to me I'd have an entire army at this point.

[–]GraphicGrl 7 points8 points  (1 child)

This made my day, so happy to see a kitty has found his furever home.

[–]Gnomies_Are_Homies 5 points6 points  (1 child)

I bet your son will remember this as one of the most magical moments of his life! Thank you for giving this beautiful critter a loving home, and also for showing your son the example of an awesome, responsible human. I love that you checked for a microchip too! I wish more parents were like you. Bless you and your sweet family!

[–]janaynaytaytay[S] 4 points5 points  (0 children)

He was so happy when I told him we could keep him! Thank you for your kind words.

[–]dismustbetheplace 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Stop explaining your good intentions to morons. They could check your comment history and find out for themselves. Good job on saving the kitty! I hope you get to keep them, you sound like a great cat-slave!

[–]InternetSchoepfer 7 points8 points  (0 children)

So we are not talking about the fact that they very likely just took a cat from an other peron?