Six years with Professor

by Kaylah Stroup

Two nights ago I was laying in bed sharing a pillow with Professor, who was licking coconut oil out of my hair, when it occurred to me “I think our anniversary is coming up.” I wrote down a reminder to check in the morning and drifted off to sleep. It was the first thing I thought of when I woke up. A quick search on the blog and I found that July 6th, the next day, marked six whole years with Professor. Six years on the sixth – it’s a special one! I’ve really been slacking off with my animal posts these last few years, which I regret. I’m definitely trying to get back into the swing of it and what better excuse to do so than an anniversary?!

If you haven’t been around since he first showed up (which wow! hi! crazy if you have!) here’s a little bit of a recap for you. My parents live in the middle of nowhere, and one evening my mom spotted the tiniest little Siamese kitty walking in the driveaway. Knowing that was my dream cat, she scooped him up and brought him over to my house so I could say hi and take some pictures before taking him to her boss at the time who had a cat rescue. Basically everyone in my family knows that if you see a cute animal, you better tell Kaylah because she’ll want to take pictures of it.

I was falling in love from the second I saw him but had no intention of bringing another cat into my life. After hanging out with him for a day it was time to take him up to where my mom worked to give him to her boss. After getting there I texted my mom to see where she was. She responded she had the day off and to just go find her boss. I think this might have been the only time in my life when being sickeningly shy actually worked in my favor. I decided to take him home with me because there was noooo way I was going to talk to her boss all alone. On the way home I stopped off at my parents to chat with my mom and it was there I made the decision to keep him. Clearly it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

All these years later and he’s still the same goofy kitten I fell in love with. I call him my perma-kitten because despite his age he still acts like a kitten. He has unlimited energy and is often seen (and heard) darting from one side of the house to the other for no apparent reason. He’s also an all star cuddler! Literally the most cuddly thing in existence. Sometimes he just cannot be close enough. His hobbies include chasing flashes of light (like reflections from your phone), lounging in the sun for hours, never shutting up, and ripping open bags of treats. He’s a little devil but could absolutely turn the biggest cat hater into a fan.

His latest obsessions are coconut oil, and drinking water from a glass. He can hear me opening the coconut oil jar from the other side of the house and will immediately coming running. He would love it if I let him dip his face in but is more than happy to have me wipe some on his nose or to lick it off my legs. Such a little weirdo! And the drinking water out of a cup thing? No idea why he started but he went from not paying an ounce of attention to my glass to not being able to resist. It’s impossible to keep him away!

The only thing that’s really changed is the color of his fur! Seriously, check out his fur in the photo below from 2012! I thought he was sooo dark then but he just continue to change. I’m starting to think in another few years I’ll have two black cats instead of one. My little guy went from being a toasted marshmallow to a burnt one.

summoning a demon with Squid + Klaus. I mean, I’m not sure why else they’d lay in this weird configuration.

I could type for hours and still never properly express how much Professor means to me. The world would seriously be a better place if everyone had a fuzzy little kitten like this in their life. Here’s to many more years with this little creep!


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