“I don’t really remember why I was so determined to have a hairless cat, except for how unique and ridiculous they look, but it didn’t take me long to realize they’re basically a cat-monkey-dog-child hybrid. Now I’m obsessed and follow a ton of other Sphynx on Instagram- a true cat lady through and through. I had adopted another Sphynx before Wilson, but he unfortunately passed away from heart problems. My mom then promised me a kitten as a graduation present (score one for higher education), and we drove 13 hours from St. Louis to Atlanta to pick him up. It was love at first snuggle. He looked like Gollum, with huge bat wing ears and cow spots. Not much has changed, except he’s got a pot-belly now.
Wilson’s such a ham, and interested in everything everyone is doing all the time. He sleeps curled up between my me and my boyfriend, follows us around the apartment, watches people out on the street all day, and enjoys causing general mayhem. We recently moved and had boxes all over, and he pretty much thought he’d died and gone to heaven. It was like whack-a-mole – where’s Wilson today? He still hides in some weird places so I’m glad he knows his name and meows when he’s called.
Anyone who comes over, even if they don’t particularly like cats, eventually falls in love with him. It helps that he’s probably sleeping on his or her chest within five minutes. He makes me smile every day, and any time I’ve travelled with him, via subway, car, plane, he always gets a good laugh. Besides, he just turned four- I can only imagine how wrinkly and adorable he’ll be when he’s fourteen!”
Hannah is a writer and editorial manager for Stone & Strand living in Bushwick.