Connor Manning was driving home late one night, depressed after a breakup, when a little cat emerged. Manning could tell the cat had been on the streets for a long time since she was extremely emaciated, filthy, and flea-infested.
Manning knelt to say hello, and the adorable stray cat unexpectedly climbed into Manning’s lap and refused to go.
“After about five minutes, I started getting up to head home and she was SUPER scared,” Manning told.
“So I crouched down and she ran right over to me again. And we repeated this process for about four blocks until we were on my porch.”
The cat followed Manning all the way home, and came inside to explore the house for a bit.
Before deciding that she was too scared to stay inside and taking up home on Manning’s porch instead. Manning tweeted about his first few hours with the kitten, to the joy of everyone who viewed the adorable messages.
Manning had plans to go over to a friend’s house for a bit, and put out a bed and some water for the cat — later named Socks — on the front porch, secretly hoping she might stay.
While Socks had been cautious at first, it appeared that she had picked Manning as her human, and once she was back inside the home, she refused to leave — just as she had refused to leave Manning’s lap when they first met.
Socks seem overjoyed to have finally found a secure place to reside after spending six months on the streets. Socks appeared to be more than willing to live with Manning for the rest of her life, but Manning still had to cope with one minor obstacle.
“I’m, likе, super allergic to cats,” Manning said. “My family had to get rid of one when I was little because of it. Driving home from our first vet trip, my throat started to close up, so at that point for my own safety I decided I’d give her to someone else.”
Manning began to search for someone else to adơрt Socks …
Socks, on the other hand, was not having it. Manning knew that, despite the allergies, it would be hard to part with the highly affectionate cat once she had picked her home and was determined to stay.
Manning stated, “I was in love.” “I felt good after a few days of having allergy meds in my system!” So, she’d arrived at her destination!”
Socks was legally adơрted by Manning, who resolved to do whatever it takes to keep her around.
Socks has been following Manning home for a little over two months now, and the two couldn’t be happier with their new life together. Socks is now terrified anytime the door to her new house opens, maybe because she is fearful of returning to her previous existence on the streets — but fortunately for her, that will never happen.
“She’s a little sweetie, loves meeting new people and [is] full of energy,” Manning said. “Watching her go from a bone-thin lethargic baby covered in fleas into this little pounce machine has been so rewarding.”
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