We got Maven when she was about 6 months old. She was born in April 2006, we think. She is a very affectionate cat and loves us and her home a lot. Here are some of the stories from my diary about Maven.

Maven (black smoke moggie)

October 2007: Visit from the man who found Maven

Otto, the man that we got Maven from (via Joakim’s dad) came by yesterday and wanted to say hi to Maven. He did not see her in almost a year. Then we got to hear more of the story about Maven. She and her siblings were abandoned by their mum that left and never came back when they were only about 1 month old. She hung around until they were found by Otto and then she dissappeared. She either left or, more probably, something happened to her. Maven was the smallest of all the kittens and they did not think she would make it, but she did. Otto and his family took good care of them. All the kittens were very nice and kind to everyone. Maven was the “wild one”, she liked to go out and run through the forest and fields. I did not think that Maven would remember a man who took care of her for about 6 months of her life, since she did not see him in such a long time, and she was so small when she came to us. But something odd happened when he came in the apartment and greeted her. Maven always greets our guests, checks them out a bit, marks them with her cheeks, and then usually goes away to mind her own business. Now she did not want to be greeted by Otto – she protested weakly when he lifted and hugged her. I took Maven from him and hugged and petted her, not understanding what was going on, but she wanted to go. I put her on the floor and she ran away and hid in a paper bag that was standing on the floor in the living room, looking scared. I did not see Maven scared since she met Leroy for the first time and he hissed at her. And then she was more shocked than scared. She is one very brave little cat and is not afraid of anything. I sat on the floor and talked to her softly while listening to Otto’s stories about the cats his family has and about Maven when she was small. I was certain that he was a genuinely warm and caring human being and I did not understand Maven’s odd behaviour. Otto was here for only about 5-10 minutes, then he had to go. I came back and talked gently to Maven that was still in the paper bag. She came out slowly, looked through the apartment and went to the sleeping room. There she jumped on the bed and started purring, hugging me with her front paws, poking my forehead with hers and showering me with so much love that I got overwhelmed and almost cried. I got it then. She did recognize Otto. She did not want to leave her home, her humans and the life she has, and go back. I know she was taken care of well there where she came from, but she loves us and her home so much… I hugged and hugged and held Maven, making her silky fur all wet with my tears, while she held onto me and hugged and hugged me back. None shows their love so strongly, exclusively and clearly as she does. We love her so much and she loves us back.

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