Margaret Neuburger of Carpentersville is new mom to shorthaired boy kitten, Baron (above). Neuburger brought him home to her husband, three children and current feline-in-residence, Squeaks, a 7-year-old female calico/tortie mix. Neuburger said Baron, now about 12 weeks old, is adjusting well to his new home. She hopes introducing Baron to the family’s home will help with Squeaks’ temperament and give her youngest son, 2 ½-year-old William, a cat to grow up with.
“When I first went to meet Baron he was very thin and shy, and he was actually hissing at me,” Neuburger said. “He was cowering away and didn’t want to come near me. I told him he can growl and hiss all he wants; he’s going home with me. Those are the ones that need the most love.”
The Neuburger’s are happy to spoil Baron, who now weighs more than 3 pounds, has recovered fully from an upper respiratory infection he had early on and even has his own Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Barons-Life-1489814251133464/. Neuburger said the cat is stepping into a personality all his own.
“He loves to chase things. If it moves, he attacks,” Neuburger said. “He’s so loveable and mellow-tempered. Squeaks is still adjusting. She tries to walk away from him, but he follows and plays in front of her. He has a strong desire for socialization. We couldn’t ask for a more perfect cat.”