Acquired: Other (stray, given cat by friend etc.)
Posted Jun 06, 2014
Cats are, for many people, a love 'em or hate 'em kind of animal.
If you're wondering if they're the RightPet (hehe!) for you, you may already have a predisposition to liking them.
Cats are their own individuals, with their own personalities and temperaments to understand. If you are picking a kitten from a litter, watch how each one interacts with it's siblings and even other humans. If you're adopting from a shelter, see how sociable they are by their curiosity in you.
Cats exercise their free will often, and will not always do what you want them to. Obedience is not in a cat's vernacular. If that is what you want in a pet, a cat is unfortunately not for you.
Because their personalities range so widely it's hard to say what traits your cat will have - but part of the fun is finding out!
Taking care of a cat is relatively easy, but once again depends on the breed or temperament of your cat. A shorthair would not need much if any grooming, while a longhaired cat should get weekly brushings.
My cats have always been fed dry food in a "free-range" style where they can graze at their leisure (and mine!). Fresh water daily and weekly litter changes is pretty much all they need to remain happy. Olivia (pictured) also loves to play fetch with crumpled up paper and chase string toys.
Overall a cat is a wonderful, intriguing addition to any family because of the variety! Each cat is unique and worth giving a chance :)