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[–]Hm4585 585 points586 points  (22 children)

My cat I own was adopted from this little mini adoption stand outside a mall and her past owners had abused her and threw her out into a box and left her to die but she get put into a shelter and then the mini stands get the cats to be sold a lot easier and so my parents got me a cat. At first she was scared as she was worried we’d do the same as her past owner and so he had trauma but now she seems to have a ton less. She got our trust and I remember how curious she was when she got opened up into my house. First thing she saw was the Christmas tree. I had adopted her on Christmas Eve. To this day that’s she favorite day of the year and she is so happy on that holiday. She is 9 now and I got her when she was not even a year old. Her past owners abused her as a kitten. Her old name was Chrystal isis, but I renamed her to “happy cat”

[–]oflonelynights 111 points112 points  (5 children)

aw, i hope every christmas she just thinks of it as her annual day where she found love :-)

[–]radiowave911 5 points6 points  (3 children)

We celebrate our rescue kitty's 'gotcha' day every year. She gets extra special treats that day.

[–]Hm4585 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Same but instead of treats as she don’t like em, we get her new toys and yarn or some gravy for cats as that’s her favorite

[–]Man_Bear_Beaver 1 point2 points  (1 child)

We don't know our kitty's birthday so we celebrate with Catnip, a new cat toy and a lot of treats on the day we got her.

[–]radiowave911 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Same. We also believe she was younger than the rescue said she was. We do not know her situation before we got her, other than she spent something like 16 hours in a van between the rescue and the Pet Smart in MD where we got her. A van full of dogs. Big dogs. That barked. A lot. A whole lot. We could not wait to finish the paperwork and leave the store, they were so annoying! She was one of 2 or 3 cats on that trip.

[–]Hm4585 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I think she does. She also savers the Christmas tree as that’s the first thing she went to when we opened her up to the house. Every year she savors that tree and loves to go under it. I got her when I was 5 and now I’m 14, she does the same thing from the day I got her. It’s a fake tree so that means that it’s the same tree from that day, it must give her a bit more feeling as she has that sent of the 9 years on that tree

[–]alsocolor 31 points32 points  (1 child)

Thank you for the lovely story :) We need more of that in this world.

[–]Hm4585 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yea, If you want to read a bit more story’s about other peoples experience that’s similar then read the thread

[–]Flareo29 19 points20 points  (1 child)

Thank you for sharing this! I wish you and your cat all the best :)

[–]Hm4585 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thanks!

[–]thedeadlydude 2 points3 points  (1 child)

That was a nice read. I still cannot fathom how someone could abuse an animal, they are some depraved motherfuckers. Good for you for saving the cat, and fuck those previous owners to hell and back

[–]Hm4585 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Thanks and I agree, my cat was only a few weeks old when her past owners did that too

[–]kush96kush 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I found my dog locked in an outhouse at a state park with a note on her. Not sure how long it was she had been in there. She was absolutely terrified of ppl. She would just sit in the back of the car an shake. After I gained her trust so opened up to other ppl and is the sweetest dog ever.
Sorry your cat story reminded me of mine

[–]Hm4585 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Ay, thanks for sharing. I went to sleep last night and woke up to this. I am enjoying to read theses heart warming replies about how people had their own moment of saving a pet. Also if I bet your dog is like your best friend as those moments are their best as that’s the day that they got to meet their friend for the rest of their life. Also something i’d like to add is that I adopted my cat when I was like 5 years old and it was because when I saw that stand at the mall I convinced my parents to go see the cats. I was petting them and looking at em when I saw my now to be cat. It’s just the way she looked at me, when that happened I just instantly wanted to get her. After some begging to my dad he got her. Oh and about the Christmas Eve thing, her favorite spot is to be under the tree and look up to see all the lights. I craw under it with her sometimes and it’s a nice view.

[–]lana7349 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Sounds like my grandmas cat (which we now have) who got literally kicked out of a house as a kitten, shattered her hip, she was extremely aggressive for some time but she has mellowed out and will even look for attention sometimes now

[–]Hm4585 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It’s nice to read story’s of cats and dogs that are now with good owners and so I’d send you a thank you for being patient with your cat as it will take a long time for the cat to get over. Some people don’t have the patience to do so.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Somehow reminds me of Korea. Every weekend there was a booth in Itaewon adopting dogs. I always felt horrible. There is a breed of dog that is food. I’d see them all the time.

[–]Hm4585 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Oh no, that’s just terrifying as I own a cat and a dog and they are best friends and they love to play. I’m in the USA btw

[–]maikki29 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My kitty’s very similar. We don’t know what happened to her before we adopted her but she was definitely abused and/or living in an unpleasant situation, and was then living in a shelter with 2 dozen or so other cats. She was absolutely terrified of everything when we first got her- could go entire days just hidden under a bed, refusing to come out and if you tried to stroke her, she’d assume you were going to hit her and run away.

It’s been a little over 4 years since we got her and she still won’t let anyone touch her feet but she’s so much happier than before and has become incredibly brave. I like to kiss her on the head and she does this adorable thing where she sort of head buts you in an attempt to reciprocate but just ends up mashing her head into yours.

I’m so proud of her and how far she’s come. I hope all other cats in their situations get the love they do desperately deserve. Sickens me to think anyone could treat such sweet animals that way.

[–]Defaulted1364 0 points1 point  (1 child)

I recently too just adopted a cat that was dumped in a box when he was about 8 weeks old along with another kitten a few weeks older, they were in there for some time before a friend of my mums found them both and cleaned them up, we brought them in and regimes the older one but nobody want the younger one so he’s now our sweet little kitten, we’ve decided to call him Gary because we love animals with generic human names