The Tale of Jet by Virginia Larsen Smith
My husband and I had just lost our nearly 18-year-old cat to old age, and we weren't planning to adopt another cat right away. However, our other cat, Mysty, seemed very lonely without another cat.
One day, I was browsing for an adoptable kitten on Larimer Humane Society’s website. When I saw Jet, it was love at first sight! We went to meet him the next day and adopted him within the hour.
He had been ill with an eye and sinus infection and although he had been treated for it at Larimer Humane Society, the infection flared up badly again once we got him home. We took him to the veterinarian right away using the free appointment we were given at Larimer Humane Society, and his ailment cleared up. His eye infections gave him a bit of a goofy cartoon character look, which was part of what we loved about him.
Eventually, he grew like a weed; so much that he accidentally fractured his hip bone when he climbed my mother-in-law's ceiling-high Christmas tree! He had to have immediate surgery to remove the fractured ball in the joint, but he healed so well that you can't even see or feel the scar. By the way he dashes around, running over the furniture and leaping into the windowsill, you would never know he had ever been sick or injured.
Jet is energetic, protective, sweet, affectionate, and hilarious! Sometimes, he sits on the toilet seat and pokes his head into the shower to give a judgmental stare at our human love for warm water. Afterward, he loves to roll and play on the wet floor when we're done!Jet is very good at playing, and always keeps his claws in. He has never seriously bitten, clawed, or shown any form of aggression, and I think that a lot of that comes with how kindly he was treated at Larimer Humane Society.
I was really impressed, at how gently everyone handled the kittens. I learned that shelter staff and volunteers pet the kittens all over from an early age to make them super tolerant of petting.
Jet is the only cat I've ever had who actually likes hugs! This morning, like most mornings, I woke up to find him still sleeping in my arms; he's the world's greatest teddy bear!