This is the first picture I took of Lionheart, taken in July of 2010. This is how I met him.

I had put Cecil’s old cat tower out for recycling (you can see its best days were behind it). Later, I found this orange tabby/tuxedo cat had claimed it. I nicknamed him Orange Man. At first, I thought he was a stray, so I brought some food out to him. It wasn’t long before he was a regular guest in my apartment, sometimes even sleeping inside.

I found out later he belonged to the people who lived below me, but they kept him outside. He started hanging out with Cecil and me so much that they let me keep him when they moved. Over the years, he’s turned into an indoor fellow. He’s friendly with everyone and wants to take care of you. If you’re sick or sad, he won’t leave your side.