Black cat spends 6 months at shelter then he jumps on a random man’s lap and won’t move

Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) programs are humane ways to help control a community’s cat population. These programs, which are run in cities across the country, trap cats, transported to a veterinarian where they are spayed or neutered, vaccinated, eartipped, and then returned to their home.

In 2014, a friendly black cat participated in a TNR program in Chicago. After the cat went through the program it was determined that he wasn’t fit to live on the streets so Harmony House for Cats took the kitty in.

Harmony House for Cats, a cageless, no-kill shelter in Chicago, placed the sociable cat up for adoption. According to Love Meow, he wanted six months and no one showed any interest.

Then Andrea and Rich Williams paid a visit to the animal shelter. As they looked at all the cats available for adoption one cat, Mikita, caught their eye, and it appeared they had also caught the cat’s eye as well.

The cat jumped right into Rich’s lap.

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Wow! I swear I posted this photo but I just saw this pic hanging out in my drafts. Does this ever happen to anyone else? Sorry @richmwilliams! It was his birthday on Thursday and I forgot to post this darling little photo of us! Anyway, happy belated birthday!???I'm good at the computer cuddle. The first time he came to the shelter I jumped in his lap. So happy they adopted me! I figured this was a good photo to post since I take lots of naps. -Keets #blackcat #blackcats #cat #cats #catnap #catdad #catdaddy #catman #rescuecat #catsofinstagram #citycat #citykitty #animal #mikita #kitty #housepanther #minipanther #apartmentpanther #pets #blackcatsofinstagram #chicagocat #chicagoblackcat

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“He seemed to really like Rich so we knew instantly that we had to adopt him,” Andrea told Love Meow.

But they couldn’t take him home right away. The couple realized Mikita had an injured knee, so the black cat was put on cage rest for several weeks.

His time in the animal shelter was coming to an end.

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Hi, my name is Mikita and I'm a rescue cat living in Chicago. A couple years ago I showed up at a feral cat catch & release facility. I was super nice and clearly not equipped with the mentality to live on the streets of #Chicago so they felt it was best to let @harmony_house_for_cats adopt me out. I found my new roommates at the end of 2014 when they came in to check out all the available #cats. I hopped up on @richmwilliams lap which proved to be a wise decision because after many months of being the runner up, I was finally going home with a really awesome couple. But hold up, I had a hurt knee. I couldn't go home with them just yet. So to help me recover without surgery, Harmony House put me on cage rest for a couple weeks. It was sooo boring! But they are super nice, plus my new adopters came to visit me a few times. Once I was feeling better my new family picked me up and brought me to a really cool place with a tree and lights and sparkly things. They kept saying I was the best Christmas present ever. Whatever that means. Anyway, I explored every inch of my new home and took naps in their laps on the reg. I'll be honest, I wasn't exactly the most dominant cat at the shelter so it was kind of nice to finally be the boss of my own place. I've gotten pretty confident since I moved in here. I've made a lot of changes since my shelter days. I've given up kibble and canned food and eat this insanely delicious raw stuff that makes me super shiny. I love long naps, the Chicago Blackhawks and omg #treats! I've learned a couple tricks which are great for scoring treats. I don't like the outdoors but I do like watching nature from a safe distance behind a window. I hate the scream machine which is sometimes referred to as the vacuum. But it lives in the same closet as the treats so I have to be really brave when that door opens. So, what else… I enjoy grooming @andrea7916 hair. It's how I tell her it's time for breakfast and how I greet her when she comes home. I love the city life and I love people. Cheers! #blackcat #blackcats #blackcatsofinstagram #chicagoblackhawks #cat #catsofinstagram #citycat #citykitty #chicagoblackcat

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When Mikita arrived at his new forever home, the Williams were delighted to see their new family member thrive.

“We were so excited to see him come out of his shell without other cats around as he made himself right at home.”

Mikita loves to spend time with his humans.

Andrea said that Mikita loves to hang out with the couple and can often be found snuggling on top of their legs or perched on someone’s shoulders.

“He loves to be held and is a total shoulder cat,” she said.

The Williams share Mikita’s adventures on Instagram.

“He is a part of our family and we are grateful that he was given a second chance.”

Recently, the couple has expanded their fur family and adopted another black cat named Dahlia.

So far it looks like the two black cats are enjoying their new lives with the Williams.

When no one else was willing to give Mikita a second chance, Andrea and Rich opened their home. They were repaid with lots of cuddles and a cat that loves them unconditionally.

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