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An ex-serviceman always wanted to have a 4-legged companion when he served in the Navy. After finishing his service, he went to the shelter one day, looking to adopt an animal, then a cat came to him and chose him to be his forever human.

Malev0 from reddit said: “When I was in the Navy, all I wanted was an animal of my own, but I was unable to get one due to deployments. After getting out in 2011, and getting financially stable in 2012, I went to the shelter and found my best friend. Meet Maximus.”

“He’s a sweetheart, probably the most interactive cat I’ve ever met. When I went to the shelter and was looking at cats he pawed at me through the cage as I walked by. I knew I had to have him then, it was like he chose me.”

The first day he got Maximus from the shelter, tired from his neutering

veteran ex navy man find cat best friend after deployments

Max wasn’t terribly tiny, but he still has grown a bit.

veteran ex navy man find cat best friend after deployments

He likes to be with his human dad, whatever he’s doing

veteran ex navy man find cat best friend after deployments

He likes to climb on his shoulders from time to time.

veteran ex navy man find cat best friend after deployments

…sleeps there…

veteran ex navy man find cat best friend after deployments

…or grooms him.

veteran ex navy man find cat best friend after deployments

Lap time

veteran ex navy man find cat best friend after deployments

When he sleeps, Max snuggles in.

veteran ex navy man find cat best friend after deployments

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It all began when Eric Hanst and his fellow sailors were Navy deployed overseas. When they were in port for a few days, they were greeted by an unexpected guest. “A cat came aboard via mooring line. We lost track of her, and found her later that evening. We managed to get her back to the pier, and waved goodbye as we took off. This cat seemed unusually upset by this,” said Hanst.

What they did not know was that the cat didn’t just come alone. “It turns out, when she managed to sneak on board, she also managed to smuggle on three kittens. We thought she had given birth on the ship, but it was pointed out to us that they were too big to be only a few days old.”

Sailors and cats have shared a special bond for thousands of years. Cats provided not only companionship that sailors needed on their long and sometimes dreadful voyages, they also protected the ship from vermin such as rats and mice from chewing and damaging the ship and spreading diseases.

This photo was taken in Korea in 1953. The little kitten named Miss Hap was only two weeks old. She became an orphan because of war and was rescued by Marine Sergeant Frank Praytor. He adopted the kitten after the mother cat died from the war. According to the marine, the name was derived “because she was born at the wrong place at the wrong time.”

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