We come across a lot of really adorable cat stories. Just recently, there was the story of a family who rescued a stray kitten … only to have the little one adopt the family’s adult male cat as her own dad! There was also the viral story of a man who got professional photos with his cat and it turned out the photos look more like engagement photos (no really, they do, check ’em out).

So when we came across the story of a man who adopted a stray cat five years ago and the cat still won’t stop cuddling him, we instantly fell head over heels.

Imgur user,  shared the touching story. Five years ago, he came across a skinny, scared and homeless kitten in his neighborhood. 

He fed the little one and after finishing her meal, she walked toward him. “I wasn’t really a cat person at the time, but I had an idea of how to approach them,”  shared. 

The cat decided to investigate if the hoo-man was safe. 

The man decided to see what would happen if he let the cat inside his house. Just five minutes after being inside, she jumped up on the couch, cuddled his arm and fell asleep purring. 

The cat just would not stop cuddling his arm. 

He took her to the vet for a check up and to see if anyone was missing a cat. Nobody claimed her. 

So he named her Bossy and the two have been together ever since. 

One thing hasn’t changed over the years: Bossy still cuddles his arm. 

All. The. Time. 

Okay, well, sometimes Bossy goes without her person’s arm. 

Even enjoying the warm rays of the sun…

But only for a little bit and then she gets right back to arm-cuddling. So cute!

Thank you for rescuing, Bossy! 

 

 

Imgur  also noted that Bossy helped save him from depression, which isn’t surprising, knowing how therapeutic animals can be. Pet parents are generally happier, not as lonely, and tend to be more trusting. Companion animals can also give you a sense of meaning and boost your self-esteem, and they provide you with positive mental energy, to get technical – they do this by raising serotonin and dopamine levels while decreasing cortisol, just from playing or having a snuggle session.

Are you looking for your own Bossy? There are thousands of deserving cats waiting for their forever homes at a shelter near you. Every year, six to eight million dogs and cats find themselves tenants of animal shelters. Sadly, 2.7 million get put down and approximately 70 percent of the euthanized animals are cats. Many of these marked cats are healthy and adoptable.

Choosing to adopt rather than shop for a new pet helps to reduce the homeless pet population and can help free up more space in a shelter for other animals who desperately need it.

Image source: ridureyu/Imgur