Acquired: Other (stray, given cat by friend etc.)
Posted Mar 01, 2014
Our cat, Bitty, was a young stray when she wandered into our yard. We didn't have a cat at the time, so we took her scrawny self in. Unbeknownst to us, she was pregnant at the time and had a litter a couple of months later.
I should mention at the time we took her in our Cocker Spaniel was still alive and, while they got along just fine, Bitty sort of stayed in the background. Sometimes we'd only know we had a cat because the food and water disappeared regularly and we'd spy her lazing on warm windowsills.
After we found homes for Bitty's brood, we took her to the vet for a full check-up, spay, shots, the works. She recovered quickly and since then (eight years) has only gone for regular exams and booster shots. She's very healthy for a senior.
When our dog passed away a couple of years ago, Bitty really came out of her shell. She's always in the foreground now, and sleeps with us at night. She is playful and follows us room to room around the house. We joke that the dog's soul must have moved in with hers because she acts a lot like him now.
Overall a really easy-going, full of personality, and healthy cat. Couldn't ask for a better breed.