Connor Manning was driving home late one night, depressed after a breakup, when a little cat emerged. Manning could tell the cat had been on the streets for a long time since she was extremely emaciated, filthy, and flea-infested. Manning knelt to say hello, and the adorable stray cat unexpectedly climbed into Manning’s lap and refused to go.
“I started getting up to go home after about five minutes, and she was SUPER terrified,” Manning told The Dodo. “So I knelt down, and she ran back over to me.” We went back and forth for approximately four blocks until we arrived at my porch.”
Manning’s cat followed him all the way home, coming inside to look around for a while before deciding she was too scared to stay inside and taking up residence on Manning’s porch instead. Manning tweeted about his first few hours with the kitten, to the joy of everyone who viewed the adorable messages.
Manning had plans to go over to a friend’s house for a bit, and put out a bed and some water for the cat — later named Socks — on the front porch, secretly hoping she might stay.
When Manning returned home, Socks had vanished…
Manning noticed a fairly mild noise coming from outside after roughly an hour.
Manning said, “I heard the smallest meows from my door and she came back and I about died it was so sweet.”
While Socks had been cautious at first, it appeared that she had picked Manning as her human, and once she was back inside the home, she refused to leave — just as she had refused to leave Manning’s lap when they first met.
Socks seem overjoyed to have finally found a secure place to reside after spending six months on the streets. Socks appeared to be more than willing to live with Manning for the rest of her life, but Manning still had to cope with one minor obstacle.
Manning explained, “I’m terribly allergic to cats.” “When I was a kid, my family had to get rid of one because of it.” My throat started to close up on the way home from our first vet visit, so I opted to surrender her to someone else for my own safety.”
Manning began looking for a new family to adopt Socks.
Socks, on the other hand, were not having it. Manning knew that, despite the allergies, it would be hard to part with the highly affectionate cat once she had picked her home and was determined to stay.
Manning stated, “I was in love.” “I felt good after a few days of having allergy meds in my system!” So, she’d arrived at her destination!”
Socks was legally adopted by Manning, who resolved to do whatever it takes to keep her around.
Socks has been following Manning home for a little over two months now, and the two couldn’t be happier with their new life together. Socks are now terrified anytime the door to her new house opens, maybe because she is fearful of returning to her previous existence on the streets — but fortunately for her, that will never happen.
“She’s a little sweetie,” Manning said. “She enjoys meeting new people and [is] full of energy.” “It’s been so amazing to watch her grow from a frail, sluggish newborn covered in fleas into this tiny pounce machine.”