Acquired: Breeder (hobby breeder)
Greeley, Colorado, United States
Posted May 04, 2013
I adopted my cat, Hermione, at the age of 12 weeks from a family friend whose cat had just had kittens. She was a wonderful cat. She enjoyed curling up with me on the couch or the bed, playing with string and feather toys. According to my daughter, she was "really sweet, soft and cuddly".
My daughter was born a few months after her birth, and Hermione was very good, as my daughter grew up, at letting Bella, or my nephews, pet her. She was very gentle and good with children.
Other than a yearly veterinarian visit, and the costs of food, cat litter, and toys, there were not a lot of costs associated with owning a cat. I was by no means wealthy at the time, and I did not find these costs to be a burden at all.
She did have kittens at home, when she was two years old. She had a litter of three kittens. I found having kittens to be nerve-wracking (the birth itself), but she seemed to know what to do.
About six months after that, I had her spayed at a low-cost clinic sponsored by the Humane Society. I do not recommend this. I would never do that again. The clinic experience, not spaying. Hermione was not offered any kind of pain medication to take at home after the few hours of observation, and she did seem to be in pain. She recovered in a few days, but began spraying the house, as if she was mad at us for the whole experience. If I had it to do over again, I would have taken her to her own vet, but at the time, I thought that the clinic doctors must know what they were doing, and cared for her based solely on the instructions they provided at her release.
We were very sorry to have to eventually give her to a friend, as we moved cross-country and were unable to take her with us. I would certainly recommend a cat like her to someone else. She was very special to us.