Pets are Family, Not Property: Chicago Black Cat

Did you know that under the law pets are seen as replaceable property? That’s right, the law essentially treats losing a pet the same way as losing a table. In honor of Chloe the Mini Frenchie, Loni Edwards’ beloved dog who passed away due to medical error, PetInsider will be featuring a story every Wednesday about pets being family, not property. Please join us by reading the stories and signing the pledge we created with the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) to push for change


The first time we met Mikita at the shelter, he hopped up on my husband, Rich’s lap. Anyone who is owned by a cat knows this means, “You’ve been chosen!” Mikita had an injured knee and a couple other minor issues so we had to wait a few weeks until he was cleared to go home with us. We visited him a few times at the shelter and each time we were sad to leave. His big eyes stared back at us but we knew it wouldn’t be long.


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MEET THE PURRENTS! In case you haven’t met us yet, we’re Andrea and Rich @richmwilliams, Mikita’s purrents. I have some exciting news! We made a YouTube video which I guess means we have a YouTube channel now? 😺 I’ll put the link to the FULL video in stories. This is just a teaser. 😉🎬 🐾 In other news, I just launched! 🙀 I’ve been working really hard on it for the last few months and decided that there’s no perfect time and there’s no such thing as perfection sooo… it’s officially live! 👍 So what is Well, it’s all about helping cats live their best lives by giving fur parents the tools to think outside the box! I receive DM’s about raw food, how to transition, cat behavior issues, products and foods we recommend and more, all the time. I love it! But I want to be able to help more. There isn’t enough information out there for cat parents who are seeking better options. I am so excited to be sharing what I’ve learned. In addition to that, I learn from you guys all the time! Thank you for being such amazing furriends. 🐾 might not be purrrfect yet but I think you guys will like it and find it helpful. I designed it with you in mind. 😻 Just FYI, some features show better on an actual computer so Check. It. Out! 🐾 We love sharing our little booper, Mikita with the world. Thanks for being our furriends. • • • #meetthepurrents #catparents #catmom #catdad #catdaddy #catlady #catvideo #blackcat #cat #rescuecat #gato #gatonegro #buzzfeedanimals #catsofinstagram #citycat #citykitty #mikita #kitty #housepanther #minipanther #bestmeow #chicagocat #instacats #chicagopets #kedi #kawaii #booper #chicagoblackcat

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The first night we brought him home, Mikita reveled in his new space. Our home was instantly his and we were so excited to give him the life he deserved! Mikita was our first pet together and we wanted to learn all about not only him, but cats in general. We educated ourselves on behavior, nutrition and what it takes for a cat to be truly happy in a home. We trained Mikita to sit, give paw and fist bump. He’s smart, driven and we’ve bonded with him more than we ever knew possible.



After four years, we decided it was time to adopt another fur child. We weren’t sure how Mikita would respond, so choosing the best friend for him would be important.  Enter Dahlia, a former breeding cat who needed to be re-homed. After meeting her, we knew she’d be a good match. She was smart, playful and the same age as Mikita. Both cats are Betas and after a slow, proper introduction, their friendship has grown into grooming sessions, playtime together and more!


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🖤It’s Love Your Pet Day!🖤 Here’s a little glimpse into our lives with these two boopers! 🧔@richmwilliams 👩@makeitinstead Mikita has been with us for 4 years but Dahlia hasn’t even been with us for 4 weeks! Just like Mikita, she’s already made quite the paw print in our worlds. If you haven’t already, go adopt a booper! Any kind! A dog booper, cat booper, hamster booper! • • • #loveyourpetday #loveyourpet #blackcat #cat #catdad #gato #catdadsworldwide #gatonegro #buzzfeedanimals #catdaddy #menwithcats #citycat #catlady #menandcats #mikita #kitty #housepanther #catmom #meowed #bestmeow #chicagocat #catparents #chicagopets #catvideo #catmontage #kedi #kawaii #booper #chicagoblackcat

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Mikita and Dahlia are our family. Mikita is a talkative little peanut who loves to be held, and Dahlia is a sweet lil lady learning to live the easy life after breeding. We talk to them (everyone does, right?) and give them more kisses than they probably want. But that’s because they’re family, not property. We think about everything that goes into their body and we work hard on communicating with them. We just want them to be happy. I think that’s ultimately what every pet parent wants and that’s why I want to give the voiceless a voice. Our laws should protect all of our family. Even the ones with paws and fur.


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Chicago Black Cat

Mikita is a 5 year old little black cat who loves chin scratches and kisses! When his now purrents Andrea and Rich went to the shelter to find their forever cat, Mikita immediately chose them. He shows off his ability to do tricks for treats and impresses fans by crunching his way through raw chicken necks. Mikita is a shoulder cat and loves to be held. He was recently joined by his new cat sister Dahlia and can't wait to go on outdoor adventures in his stroller with her.

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