Here is my cat. His name is Alvi and I adopted him from the Poezenboot, a well known Amsterdam cat shelter. It's not clear how his life looked like before he was brought in there. He was roaming the streets without chip or collar and seemed to belong to no one in particular.
On the Poezenboot they got him to know as a fearful animal, instantaneously hiding at the slightest sound or movement. Also at my home he appeared to be hardly approachable: he didn't want to be petted and would rather hide in some dark corner.
But all this is hard to imagine if you see him now, because in the meantime he's gained a lot of confidence. Now he jumps on the dining table, explores the gardens, sits on my lap and sleeps on my daughter's bed. His social skills are remarkable: each time I'm home I have to go through an extensive greeting ritual, during which he likes to make little jumps continuously. He will only start eating after this has been done.
Of course Alvi has a special place in my heart but to me all cats are special. I'm particularly intrigued by their diversity of personalities. Nothing is more entertaining than getting to know these different characters, with the challenge to build close ties as soon as possible.
Alvi on his observation post at the window
Alvi's video: a must see!