Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Posted Mar 27, 2014
My parents brought Oreo and her sister, Midnight, home when I was a little kid. We had just lost our two dogs and, while I never thought about having a cat for a pet, I was open to the idea.
Oreo was always the quieter of the two cats. She stayed out of sight whenever we had guests over and hardly seemed to want any attention from us, except when she was in certain moods. Another thing I found strange was that Oreo rarely ever meowed, and when she did, it did not seem like a normal meow. She sounded soft and muted, like there was something wrong with her vocal cords. This wasn't an issue, it was just a quirk Oreo had.
Towards the end of her life, my family got two new dogs. At first, Oreo acted totally indifferent to them. For the first couple weeks, she refused to acknowledge them and then later on, she would try to scratch their face when the dogs tried to play with her.
But then, when Midnight passed away, there was a complete 180. Instead of being violently against the two dogs, Oreo acted like she was one of them. Whenever we let the dogs outside, Oreo would run out after them. If we gave them human food or other treats, Oreo would be right there next to them waiting for her tiny sliver of steak or dog biscuit. It was a bit of a joke among my family- Oreo thought she was actually a dog.
All in all, having Oreo as a pet cat was a weird experience. It was weird, but good. She never really acted like how I thought a cat should act. But it was just the way she was- quirky.