Acquired: Other (stray, given cat by friend etc.)
Posted Jan 31, 2015
Pearl was a kitten when I brought her home. It was a joy watching her discover new things. Her own reflection was a source of entertainment for a few weeks, she would peek and jump and hide and run by really fast past our full length mirror.
As she grew older I had to redirect her need for scratching away from the furniture and on to acceptable materials, She was very receptive to training with treats and negative reinforcement of short shakes of a can with pennies and voice cues.
Her dietary needs changed as she aged. From kitten food to adult food and, then weight management and urinary tract health maintenance food, and finally senior food when she was past 15 years old.
Cats are independent however they do require vet care, quality food, toys, scratching surfaces, regular human interaction, and a tolerance of pet hair.
With patience and time they can be wonderful companion animals.