Acquired: Other (stray, given cat by friend etc.),
Rescue / shelter organization
Posted Apr 09, 2014
We've always had a cat in the house growing up, much like we've always had dogs, however I never got real cat experience until I moved out on my own 10 years ago.
My mother's friend had a cat that had kittens and donated one to my mouse infested apartment. Though a kitten, Kita was quick to make the house mouse proof. She never killed them, just made them wish that they were dead. There was absolutely no problems litter training her. Never have I seen a cat that was so social with people and easy to train. She comes when called, snap your fingers and she will jump where you tell her to. Kita does have a weight issue, but she is learning how to slim down with a more controlled diet. Aside from weight, the only other health problem she has experienced was a slipped disk, about two years back, which made her back legs useless for about a week.
My black haired cat, Nishi, I got from the humane society two years after Kita came into the house. With Kita as the wise Yoda, I never had to litter train Nishi. She watched what the alpha was doing and followed suit. Nishi is a little more standoffish, favoring me more than strangers or other family members. She is playful with the meow of a kitten.