On August 30th, 2013 we adopted little three-year-old Monty Boy from an animal shelter. The previous owner had too many cats and were forced to put some of them up for adoption, one of them being Monty.
The first time we met Monty, there were no doubts in our minds that he was going to come live with us. His special appearance makes him look so incredibly cute, but his personality, which he showed from the very beginning, is rare as a diamond! Monty shared a room with some of the other cats from the animal shelter and even though a few of them acted a little aggressive and lashed out at him, Monty continued to lie calmly and quietly, uneager to pick a fight.
Monty’s been living with us for almost three years now and we have to admit that it hasn’t always been easy.
We have been through a lot with the little guy due to some problems caused by his innate chromosome abnormalities. Monty was born with a sunken nasal bridge (the bone in the nose) which affects him now and then and makes him sneeze a bit. His breathing is just fine like a normal cat. Due to his chromosome abnormalities his bladder something leaks a bit in his sleep. It is not a problem to us though—Monty is born this way; he can’t help it and luckily it’s just a few drops and it’s not every day. Whenever we notice a little pee on the blankets we just wash them right away.
As said before, Monty is a very gentle cat and his personality reflects that of course. He will share his love with every human being, and dogs as well, but over the years he has become so close with especially me (Michael, his dad) and if he sees me cuddle another cat, he will hiss at it and tell me who I belong to. If Monty in rare cases gets nervous (if, for instance, someone in my family picks him up and it’s a month since he has seen the person), he’ll let us know with a simple meow and never his claws. Monty has a really strong personality! If he wants something he will scream until we get it and do what he wants. He gets those weird ideas sometimes… Suddenly he wants to get up on the closet. There is nothing there, but he just wants to and it has to be NOW! Then he will meow until I lift him up. It can also be a shelves in a closet or something else really high up. A few minutes later, he will meow really loudly because he wants down and then I lift him down. He will come to my hand so I can reach him and he trusts me completely that I will not drop him. And then there’s the cuddling. When Monty wants to cuddle he will start purring like any other cat, but he will also get a really big puffy tail and then start the screaming/meowing until we cuddle with him. He will also show us where he wants to cuddle. Most likely the bed! Then he will meow a lot until we give up what we are doing and follow him. He will then show us the bed and we have to lay in it. We can’t just sit, otherwise he will continue the loud meowing because maybe he knows that we are on our way up again. If we lay down we will probably stay a little longer. He’s a clever boy!
At night he’ll keep us company, not leaving our side until we wake up. He always lays between my legs on top of my blanket. That’s just the way things have to be according to Monty. If it’s really hot in the summertime and I want to sleep without the blanket or with a really thin one, he will not accept it and that means; no sleep until he has his blanket to lay on and I’m sweating like crazy but I’ll do everthing for my boy. Mikala gets a real kick out of it because she can sleep however she wants.
We wish for Monty to be an ambassador for special needs animals that may not look perfect in everyone’s eyes! We also want to raise attention to the fact that looking different doesn’t mean you can’t be fantastic. And we believe that our sweet little Monty Boy is a perfect example to just that and in every way is FANTASTIC!