Ham aka Marlon: “He is sweet and very affectionate…”

I wanted to give you an update on Ham, a wonderful orange and white male cat that my husband John and I adopted in October 2013. Our beloved cat Doctor Jeckyl had passed about a year before and we were finally ready for another kitty and were on the hunt. I have a huge soft spot for orange and white males and had been visiting the USQ Petco on and off for a few months. During that time I kept seeing Ham and really liked him…I loved how big and friendly he was and adored his funny beauty mark. Ham was so charming that he always seemed to have an adoption pending but then he would end up back in the pen. After 2 or 3 adoptions I finally asked if we could try Ham in our home. Miriam was very worried because she felt he was a bit traumatized but she gave us a chance and it’s worked out very well. We renamed Ham as Marlon…if he was a girl we would have called him Marilyn due to his beauty mark and Marlon was the closest male name. Marlon is 100 % CAT. He is sweet and very affectionate but on his terms! It wasn’t an easy start and we had to patiently earn his trust. He is totally silly and does a zillion zany things every day. He even likes to stick his head under a running faucet. There isn’t a box or bag that he doesn’t explore and he perpetually knocks everything off the counters. He is very handsome and sleek and weighs 17 lbs of solid muscle. He is good buddies with our other cat, Bowie, who we also adopted from Kitty Kind 8 years ago. While they fight like crazy they also curl up together in my pajama drawer and on our bed each night. Bowie is an entirely new cat now that Marlon has joined our home…so much more extroverted and friendly. So essentially we got 2 new cats for the price of one. Every day Marlon grows more affectionate and sweeter and seems to be really happy in our home. We are very glad that we found him and that he is our wonderful furry friend. Special thanks to Miriam for letting us take him home despite her own love for him!

Best and Many Thanks,
Nikki Shomer and John Buchbinder

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