The young man lost his beloved cat due to a carelessly left-open apartment door. One of his roommates left the door ajar, and the cat simply walked out. Fat Larry, the cat’s name, was gone. The young man knew nothing about his missing cat until he came home much later, after his shift on a night job.
He was really upset and instantly started missing Fat Larry. This cat was his favorite pet ever and now he was missing.
Everyone and all shelters were notified about Fat Larry. Weeks went by, then months. There was no sign of Fat Larry. After many months, the roommates received a call from the ASPCA about a tabby rescue. With hopes running high, the roommates rushed to the shelter and brought the cat home.
But when the young man came home from work that same evening, he found a large tabby cat that looked similar to Fat Larry – except it was not his original cat. The roommates did their best to convince him that it was Fat Larry and to give the cat a chance.
The young man had grown rather lonely without his cat – any cat – so he accepted the peace offering and named the replacement tabby Fat Barry. The new cat was timid and exceptionally fearful. Barry would actually quake in fear if a human approached him. His appetite was not good either. A couple of visits to the veterinarian later, Barry was diagnosed with psychological problems.
The young man set about overcoming Barry’s past traumas. Little by little the cat responded. He said, “I was shocked the first time Barry actually jumped on my lap to request some petting.”
That was the breakthrough the young man and the cat needed. Since that day, Fat Barry has changed completely. He began trusting, and trying, and seeking and eating. Now the young man reports, “I am proud to report that Barry is now the happiest cat in upstate New York. He enjoys rolling around in the grass, and when there’s more than one person in the room, he is content as long as everyone takes turns playing and cuddling him.”
He readily admits that even though the loss of Fat Larry was the worst day he can remember, having Barry come into his life has been a joy.
With a little love, all pets can live a happy life. That most certainly is true of Fat Barry.
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