When I took in Hershey Bear as a scruffy little homeless kitten, I noticed immediately that his fur was a mixture of black and brown. It reminded me of dark chocolate and milk chocolate combined. (Not that I have chocolate on the brain every minute or anything . . . ) Anyway, he was also a fuzzy little thing, like a fuzzy little stuffed toy bear. He became Hershey Bear.
As he grew, his fur definitely went through some changes. For one thing, it got longer. Hershey is certainly a long-haired kitty. At one time, I had three gorgeous long-haired kitties in the cathouse: Circe, Glitter, and Cashmere. (You might remember that ALL THREE were adopted before Christmas INTO THE SAME HOME. That was wonderful.) Now little Hershey Bear is the one and only long-haired kitty in the cathouse. The other thing that happened to Hershey’s fur is that it changed color. He went from being black and brown to being black and silver. His coat went through a stage (which I thought was permanent at the time) of being black with silver as a secondary color. And now? Hershey is black. Occasionally, in just the right light, I notice a tiny hint of brown or a tiny hint of silver. But when you look at Hershey today, you see a black cat. A gorgeous, stunning, beautiful, long-haired black cat.
So Hershey had a chocolate name but not really a chocolate coat anymore. Never fear. Hershey still has the right name. OH, my gosh! This guy is sweet, sweet, sweet!
When he was very small, he lived in our house along with some other youngsters. Hershey developed a habit of joining me in bed now and again. He would jump up, creep up to my chest, and then roll over onto his back right under my chin. I would talk to him and pet him and make over him while he rolled around and purred softly. The rest of the time, however, he would often avoid me. I would reach for him during the day and he would dart away. (He did have a crush on most of the girl kitties, however, and he gave them PLENTY of his time.) Anyway, that darting away has completely ended. When I spent the afternoon with cathouse kitties on Saturday, Hershey followed me all over the cathouse and joined me immediately when I sat down on the couch. He stayed the ENTIRE time I was sitting. At one point, I was surrounded. Shiloh, Truly, and Autumn were on one side. Maverick and Hershey were on the other side. Frosting jumped up behind me a couple of times, as did Jo-Jo. But it was Hershey who never left. He stayed by my side, rolling onto his back and rubbing his face on my hand. SWEET. As sweet as chocolate.
Now here’s the thing. He literally RUNS and hides when my husband or one of my daughters steps into the cathouse. Most of the time, he does not venture back out while they are inside. Hershey will require an adjustment period in a new home, and it might be lengthy. He will do best in a home with adults or with older children; probably not a good choice for a home with small children. He is a quieter type; doesn't push forward in a group, preferring to hang back and watch. I believe if you are the right person and you love this guy, you will get an amazing return on your investment.
If Hershey Bear is still here on Valentine’s Day, he will be the mascot. Not only is he as sweet as chocolate, he also falls completely in love with EVERY female cat he encounters. He went through the ranks of the group he lived with in our house - falling in love first with Jo-Jo, then with Truly and Sallie. He eventually fell in love with Autumn. And his latest crush has been on Frosting in the cathouse. What a lover boy.