Originally Posted by winds-of-change
This is pretty typical. I think female cats make better hunters and male cats are cuddlier.
Winds, thanks. Not a bunch of experience with cats. For a short two years many years ago, my first wife and I had two cats, both male. They were very cuddly with both us and our Shepherd-Collie mix. They were good cats.
Next experience was from 1983-1986, where a cat adopted me and my same Shepherd-Collie mix. They got along wonderfully, he would go with us on our walks, and the three of us would snuggle on the couch and bed. Incredibly affectionate. When I was overseas, my Dad had to put my dog down - something we knew was probably going to happen due to lymphatic cancer). Dad immediately bonded with the cat and when I returned from overseas, I could see the mutual bond and suggested that perhaps Cagney would be better off with Dad than me (a bachelor Army guy). The incredible appreciation seen in my Dad's eyes after he said "you're sure???" and my response of "yes" is to me - to this day - the greatest gift I ever gave to my Dad.
Many years later, Dad had to put his Cagney to sleep due to jaw cancer. Cagney was probably 16-17 years old, and had been with Dad for over ten years. Dad never got over that, and until his dying day, he would weep up whenever he talked about Cagney.
I am experiencing the same over my Fi (avatar).
Last evening, I laid out some old carpet padding on the floor and laid down for a break waiting for the horses to finish eating their hay. The male cat (Spooky) curled up next to me - first time ever. It was a wonderful feeling and the closest I will get to an endorphin-producing experience since Fi was physically with me.