Acquired: Other (stray, given cat by friend etc.)
Posted Jun 07, 2014
Fritti and his brother Spritzer started their lives as barn cats at a friend's house, then moved with a couple of their sisters to my garage when they were old enough to leave their mother. We lived in the country and kept grain and hay in the garage, so we had a significant need for good mouse patrollers. As is usual in my experiences, the female cats of this litter were the best mousers but the males were the friendliest. Fritti especially enjoyed coming indoors to lie on the couch or investigate interesting nooks and crannies. He has always been companionable with our older mutt dog but learning to cope with a Border Collie mix puppy was a challenge. They have had four years now to work out their lifestyles together and things are mostly copacetic (Spritzer took longer and still skitters off when the dog comes near, but he is more high strung).
We moved our whole household "into town" this Spring and, in preparation, accustomed the cats to more of an indoor lifestyle. Fritti took to that quite well. He still comes and goes between the house and yard but enjoys his indoor comforts. Spritzer seems to appreciate the house as a crash pad mostly, but he has also accommodated to the move quite well.
My mornings often start with Fritti climbing on top of my chest as soon as I show signs of waking. He likes to knead the covers with his claws which are sharper than I care to wake up to, but otherwise he is a pleasant morning companion. He has been a healthy, hardy and self-reliant cat, very easy to care for. I couldn't ask for more.