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Pet Diaries: The Unwanted Cat Who Taught Me About Companionship

For a New York writer, a roommate's cat was nearly the dealbreaker for his dream apartment. So how did it become one of the best things about it?


Introducing Pet Diaries: Life lessons we learned from our pets. This five-part series explores the ways pets have a positive impact on our lives. It's brought to you in partnership with Purina ONE® beyOnd®. Check out more stories at GOOD Pets.

The apartment was perfect—soaring ceilings and a full-sized kitchen on a tree-lined Brooklyn block six stories up, with elevator. The current tenant was moving in with his fiancé in a few weeks and needed to sublet his enormous 12-by-14 foot bedroom instantly. When I arrived to check out the place, he even offered some of the furniture that wouldn’t fit in his new East Village apartment. I was ready to cut the check. Then the cat walked in.

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