Sampson is, without doubt, a mummy’s boy. He loves to snuggle up with me at any opportunity.
Husband and I theorise that it’s because he was so young when I got him. I’ve mentioned this before, I think.
When Sampson and his litter mates were newborn they and their young mother were abandoned at a vet’s. The staff took them in and cared for them, but didn’t have the resources to keep them for long.
Once the kittens were weaned the staff started looking for homes for them. Sampson came to us at just 6 weeks old. We had other cats so the staff were comfortable knowing he’d learn how to be a cat from them.
Sampson was absolutely tiny when we took him home. I could hold him in one hand. He seemed so delicate.
If I’m honest, I got a bit overprotective of him. I worried about the older cats or the puppy hurting him.
For the first couples of weeks he barely left my sight. In fact he spent quite a lot of time cuddled on my lap. Actually he quite liked to climb up and cuddle on my chest, almost in my bra!
As time went by, and we both got more confident, he would interact with the world more. He started playing with the puppy, and the other cats. I vividly remember him playing with our fluffy ginger tom and disappearing under all the fur!
When Sampson was a few months old I left to start university. I couldn’t take him with me. I missed him, and the other animals, very much. Every time I went back home he seemed to have grown tremendously. He’d still try and snuggle on my chest though, as soon as he remembered who I was.
Around the time of Sampson’s first birthday I quit my university course and moved to Finland. (And that’s a story for another time and place!) It became a lot more difficult to visit him, of course. And still every time I saw him he seemed to be bigger!
You may well be familiar with the story of Sampson moving to live with us. My other English cats are now living with my brother, and all seem much happier in their new situations than where they were.
And you can well imagine how pleased I am to have my not-so-little boy back with me!