Acquired: Other (stray, given cat by friend etc.)
Posted May 04, 2014
I got Mystra when I was first married, seeing that our vet had free kittens to give away and my wife at the time wanted a cat. We picked one out, and she was a wonderful animal. She had this bad habit of greeting us when we returned from work by climbing up us and perching on our shoulder, but it wasn't a big deal until she got to be around a year old, when we finally decided to break her of that. Later on, we got a puppy (a Jack-Russell Terrier I did another review on), and she was wary of the dog, but decided that life was better spent out of the dog's playful reach (a favorite past time of the dog was chasing the cat around the house), coming down only to eat or to use the litter box. This was worsened when my brother-in-law moved in with his female tabby. They did not get along at all. And this is when the problems really began. They began a territory marking war all over our house, with her deciding that our bedroom was hers by urinating all over the carpet or vomiting all over the carpet. The problem continued to get worse and worse, with no end in sight. At last, my father-in-law offered to take her in, and we relented. At this point, she was severely overweight and a little neurotic. She acted fearful of everything and anything, rarely using the litterbox. After making the move to my father-in-law's house, she evened out again. She was just never meant to be in a multi-cat home. As for grooming, as she got obese, she was unable to properly clean herself and had to be brushed regularly. She started out as a great cat, but ended up being somewhat of a nightmare.