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My Cat is the Real "Garfield"

Updated on January 6, 2014

I sat at our local Humane Society in a little white room with two chairs.

I was looking for a new family cat. Our last cat had passed away a year ago, and we were finally ready to move on.

My requirements:

I wanted an adult cat because there were so many at the shelter. The kittens always went first. I had young kids, so I needed a cat who was patient and could deal with the occasional tail pull or too affectionate hug.

The cats arrived one by one in my "visiting" room as the humane society worker carefully explained each cat's history and personality traits. Nope. Nope. Nope.

Finally she asked what I was really looking for in a cat. I had to think a bit, because I wasn't completely sure. Finally I said, "I like big cats. I like a cat who purrs."

Immediately, she smiled and said "Harry. You'll like Harry."

When she walked through the hallway with this mass of fur in her arms, people stopped and cried, "Wow. That is one big cat." And so he was. Harry immediately jumped into my lap with an audible, "Hmmph", and started to vibrate as his whole body purred like an engine. He lifted his head, presented his chin, ears, neck and told me where to scratch. I was in love.

Fast forward a year, and my whole family is in love. We kept the name "Harry", but we could have named him "Garfield." If Harry had a speech bubble over his head, his thoughts would surely rival Garfield's. In fact, he doesn't really need a speech bubble, because he talks "meow". Harry has a complete cat vocabulary, ranging from sweet hellos to angry expletives. He has ongoing conversations with humans- answering us and making requests. He can ask for a lap, for food, for a scratch, or to go outside. He loves when the TV goes on at night (laptime), and hates when the suitcases come out because he hates being left alone.

People have told us that Harry is probably a Maine Coon Cat, because of his size and personality...but we think Harry is really Garfield reincarnated.

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      Rose Jones 3 years ago

      What a sweet animal rescue story!

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      AJ 3 years ago from Australia

      You and Harry were obviously meant for each other - how nice that you both knew exactly what you wanted!

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      Renaissance Woman 3 years ago from Colorado

      So happy you found your very own Harry Garfield to love. Great story!

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      Michelllle 3 years ago

      @favored: I chose to put in the cartoons instead of Harry's photo. Maybe I'll switch that someday.

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      Michelllle 3 years ago

      @TreasuresBrenda: Oh, I agree. He is an important member of our family.

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      seleen fouad 3 years ago

      I Love Garfield

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      seleen fouad 3 years ago

      I Love Garfield

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      acreativethinker 3 years ago

      Garfield is a classic. One of the many books my family enjoyed.

      If Harry is a Maine Coon, they are quite lovely and can be very friendly cats. Thanks for sharing your story. Take care :)

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      Treasures By Brenda 3 years ago from Canada

      You were SO lucky to find Harry!

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      I would have liked to see a photo of Harry. He sounds great. As for the Garfield books, I used to have them all. For some reason I started collecting them, but Odie was my favorite.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      I love Garfield too. A great lens I wish I had a cat like yours.

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      Ben Reed 3 years ago

      I love Garfield and I love this lense.

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      TanoCalvenoa 3 years ago

      I loved Garfield as a kid, now my kids love the comic books and cartoons.

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      sousababy 3 years ago

      Yes, and I love all kinds of pets. I think Harry is great (and I love that name). Thank you for taking in a shelter cat, these wonderful animals make the best pets.