Acquired: Other (stray, given cat by friend etc.)
Posted May 04, 2014
Raisin was an...accidental acquisition. Our Jack Russell/Rat Terrier, named Maggie, brought home what we believed to be a stray kitten, only to find out that weekend it was adopted from a shelter, and lost. The owners were contacted and they said that she was a very audible animal and decided to "make her an outdoor cat" at the age of about 7 weeks, but said if we wanted her, we could have her. As it was a Sunday when she was found and the shelter was not open on Sundays, we had to hold on to her. Unfortunately, my son found her in the downstairs basement, and begged to keep her, and we relented. The cat bonded with him instantly. It would lay with him at night, and lay on his lap while he played video games. When he left to go with his mother after the summer break was over, the cat attempted to bond with me, and we were okay. She did not, however, like the dogs, constantly hissing and swiping at them, and actually attacking my wife. When we moved to a larger house, she started running outside (which was odd as she was a definitively indoor cat and was previously terrified of the outdoors) when we let the dog out. She began staying out longer and longer between coming home, and eventually, did not return. We attempted to keep her from running outside, but she was very...insistent and sneaky. She was a beautiful calico tabby, but was just too mean and aggressive.