Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Massachusetts, United States
Posted Nov 21, 2014
My family adopted our orange tabby named Mimi when she was about a year old from a local shelter. Mimi would jump at the slightest noise and often shy away from being handled and this continued, though to a lesser degree, until the end of her life. She would have periods, sometimes lasting months, or as long as a year, when she would be quite friendly and calm but she would then become distant and unapproachable again.
She was an indoor outdoor cat and would spend much of her time outdoors, often bringing back dead mice and chipmunks to our porch as trophies. It always struck me as funny that she seemed to be a scaredy cat in the house, but had no problem exploring our neighborhood on her own. She took a long time to warm up to the other cats that we had, and her feelings towards them ranged from hostile to indifferent.
In the last few years of her life she became the friendliest she had ever been, towards me in particular. She still jumped at the sound of a door slamming shut or the phone ringing, but every night for about two years she slept on my bed and she gazed at me in a loving way that I hadn’t previously experienced. She was a very healthy cat, except for the last year of her life when she was diagnosed with kidney disease, and her short coat required little maintaining.
A few months ago she passed away at age fourteen and it was hard losing her after having her in my life for so long. I wish that our bond had been stronger earlier on in her life, but despite this she was a good cat. In the future when I want to adopt another cat I think that I will look for one who reminds me of Mimi.