Acquired: Other (stray, given cat by friend etc.)
Posted May 07, 2014
I haven't owned a cat in over 15 years now, because we had 2 growing up, whom I looovveed SO much, but in my teenage years I developed horrible allergies and asthma towards them. I became highly allergic. The story goes like this: My brother found this cat, brown with black stripes, as a stray out in the cold, he brought it home and asked Mom if we could keep it. She said we'll have to ask Dad. Dad said no. Mom kept the cat anyway :)~ We named him Freebie, because he was a stray and free to us (Mom came up with that name lol) … and he quickly became apart of our family. A year later, I was in the 3rd or 4th grade and a classmate had a cat who had kittens and they were giving them away to whomever wanted one. That day I brought home a butterscotch colored kitten, and we named him Toby. SO, we had Toby & Freebie, they became buddies quickly. Napped together, ate together, played around, chased each other, very cute. Freebie was timid, Toby was VERY laid back and he kinda balanced out the pair.
One day Freebie was diagnosed with feline leukemia, and the vet put him to sleep at our house (she made house calls), that was a sad day as a kid. Dad buried Freebie in the backyard so we could go visit him :) Toby remained, and became our only cat. Dad took a stand against Mom (lol) and said no way no how to another one, because he was the one who always got stuck cleaning the litter boxes!! haha!
Upsides to having a cat: Friendly, cuddly, snuggly, funny quirks, bright personalities, fun to watch, fun to play with, and always comforts you when you are sick, sad, or asleep. Good way for kids to learn responsibility. They make great family pets!
Downsides: Fur shedding all over the house, furniture, clothes. Stinky gross litter boxes. Leave gifts of decapitated chipmunks or mice on your front doorstep. Super sad when they die. :((