Acquired: Other (stray, given cat by friend etc.)
Posted Jun 15, 2013
I found this poor, starving cat about 5 years ago wandering around a parking lot looking for garbage to eat. I couldn't stand it so I picked her up and got her checked out, planning to eventually adopt her out to someone. She was probably about 5 months old and was suffering from roundworms.
After spending a week with her, I knew I had to keep her. I've had over 5 pets in my life (all good ones) and she is easily the gentlest, most affectionate one. She is a hemingway, which means she has an extra digit on each front paw (which gives her the appearance of having 'thumbs'.
She is about 5 years old now and is still very playful. She gets along with my other current cat (the home-raised, spoiled one) and does a good job keeping her in shape. She is oddly more fond of being chased than chasing, meowing to her 'sister' or to me then running away once she's gotten a reaction from us. She loves sitting on people's laps (even those of visitors) and having the backs of her ears rubbed. The only negative I can think of is that she isn't keen on covering up her litter-box deposits, perhaps a function of growing up homeless and living mostly on pavement.
Overall, she is an angel who completely smashes the myth that stray cats cannot be turned into wonderful, gentle house pets.