Life has a mysterious way of sending us the greatest gifts when we least anticipate them. This was certainly true for a certain plush orange tabby known affectionately as Garfield the Puffy. His journey to his forever home was serendipitous, as his survival hinged on the kindness of strangers who quickly became his beloved family. Despite the initial hardship that marked his early days, Garfield soon embraced the comfort and love of a pampered domestic life.
How did Garfield find his way to you? Acquiring Garfield was never in our plans; it was our compassion that compelled us to rescue him. Our adventure with Garfield unfolded during a summer visit to Bran in 2021. One morning, I discovered a forlorn-looking kitten, grimy and infested with ticks and fleas, casting us pitiful glances from the yard. We were smitten from the start. He was somewhat feral, taking his time to warm up to us, shying away from any physical contact. Tragedy struck one day when he approached us, his tail wounded from a canine attack, crying out in terror. It took a painstaking two days to secure him and bring him to the veterinarian, who informed us that Garfield was around a year old, suffering from scabies and a host of parasites. We were advised that if we truly wished to save him, we had to keep him off the streets. It was then we resolved to never abandon him and brought him home to Bucharest. Garfield now thrives in the loving embrace of his family.
How did he earn his name? The first time we laid eyes on him, his orange hue and seemingly chubby frame (though he was actually swollen from parasites) reminded us of the famous cartoon cat, Garfield. It felt like the perfect fit.
What are the affectionate names you call him? We often call him Garry or Garfi for short.
Could you describe his character? Since day one in our home, he’s shown nothing but affection. He’s an embodiment of love—gentle, tender, and fond of cuddling in my arms. Yet, the shadows of his past still linger; he remains shy around visitors due to previous mistreatment.
What does he enjoy doing? He delights in bird-watching from the window and playing with his beloved toys, particularly toy balls and fake mice.
Does he have any other pet companions? Garfield reigns supreme in our household with no other pets to contest his rule.
Is there something unique you’d like others to know about Garfield? Garfield is an embodiment of tenderness and beauty. He’s transformed our lives profoundly, and we are daily grateful for the decision to rescue him.
A heartfelt thanks goes out to Garfield’s family for opening up about his endearing tale and sharing his photos with the readers of Cattitude Daily. Garfield’s story is a testament to the idea that sometimes all a feline needs to live its best of nine lives is a little love. To catch up with this adorable orange feline, follow his adventures on Instagram.