Acquired: Other (stray, given cat by friend etc.)
Posted Jul 23, 2014
I adopted my lovely cat from a friend who was moving out of the country. After a few weeks, she was sleeping on my feet. She didn't seek attention much for the first two years I had her, although she would come sit in occupied rooms and tolerate strangers touching her. Now she's quite affectionate with me and typically adopts my room-mates as well (for cuddling and grooming--she grooms familiar people's heads a bit). Due to my work schedule, she does spend a lot of time without me, but seems to tolerate it well. She spends time with my room-mate when I'm not around. She hasn't had a health problem since I got her, and is not a picky eater.
My cat is pretty clever and a good jumper, so she has managed to escape before. After she did that twice she never tried again. The only other inappropriate behavior I can think of is inappropriate scratching--my couch arm is destroyed. I replaced her scratching post, which helped, but now the couch seems to be the "forbidden fruit" -- she'll go for it when she thinks she's alone. Otherwise, no complaints. She hates other cats and didn't like my neighbor's dog, but likes to go outside on a leash. You can't really walk her, but she'll sort of wander around and rolls around on plants. She learned to sit and give paw for treats, which is sort of fun. I just wanted to see if she'd do it. I don't think she really considers that "play," though; we play with the laser pointer and her "bird on a leash" toy daily, and she seems to like that.
Overall, a wonderful and stimulating pet.