I adopted Hamlet in DurHAM, NC in 2013, after getting diagnosed with a stress fracture and thus ending my collegiate cross country career. Though I was going through temporary pain and disappointment (still a little bitter actually), I knew if I adopted a furry friend, it would be a forever thang. I'd grown up with dogs (big dogs!) and never had an affinity for cats, but thought a dog would be too much, especially considering I couldn't walk. So I decided to get myself a cat, distracting my anxious and depressed mind from my life on endless craigslist and petfinder searches. After meeting a handful of cats, I stumbled upon young Hamlet at the local shelter. He sparked my heart extra strongly so I sat in a "greeting room" with him for a while. He was so friendly and adorable, and would boop his nose and head bump his fuzzy ears on my legs. Sitting with him, I decided Mr. Hamlet was the one! When I came in the following Monday (I met Ham on a Friday), his eye was incredibly inflamed and washed out looking. The vets said he had a corneal ulcer and would have to have his eye removed....!...!..?!? I was pretty crushed cause damn, he had some adorable little eyeballs. Hamlet had to stay in the shelter for a few weeks while they waited for it to heal/not heal/decide to remove so for the next few weeks, anxiety stewed in my soul...but I finally committed to myself that I would adopt Hamlet, regardless of his medical condition and any related implications. Two weeks later I went in to check on him, and miraculously his eye had healed! There was much rejoicing! Fastfoward to today, 2019, Hamlet and I live in Portland, OR. He is about 7 years old at this point but still looks like a kitten. He is super friendly but fussy, and is very chatty. Wanting the best for Ham, I bought him nice food throughout our time together, but he slowly got pickier (old grumpy cat?). Despite not liking fancy cat food, he seems to love nutritional yeast... Since nutritional yeast was not a sufficient diet, I tried The Honest Kitchen due to the ingredients, ease of use, environmental consciousness, and lack of gross cat-food smell. I ordered a 2 lb box with hopes this powdery spinach chicken mix would appease him. At first he was apprehensive, but now loves it and will meow just as loudly when I am preparing his food as he does when I am about to serve him nutritional yeast! Hooray Hamlet!