Acquired: Other (stray, given cat by friend etc.)
Posted Feb 03, 2014
I've had my American shorthair cat for almost ten years now. A friend's cat got pregnant and gave birth to a litter of felines, and we nabbed one eagerly. Everyone was excited at the prospect of a new cat.
To give you some perspective: mom calls this cat a "sociopath". She shows little affection (aside from purring when she wants food), and is hostile when you attempt to pet her or pick her up. This cat is street-hardened. She spends as much time as she can outdoors, sneaking out whenever the door is cracked even slightly. It takes ages to call her in at night (if she's left out, she'll get into scraps with strays or other animals -- vocal fights you can hear in the middle of the night which make you awake suddenly with quite a start). She'll hunt any little thing in the yard, from squirrels to birds, and leaves dead birds hanging around the yard with an alarming frequency. She is, for all that, very independent. She can take care of herself. The only maintenance she requires is the occasional can of tuna and a change of the litter box.
Honestly, this pet is just too much stress for me. Having to worry about bringing her in every night, trying to get her to surface to feed her...it's too much work for little to no affection in return. It's easy to forget she's even around -- till she picks a noisy fight with an alley cat.