Acquired: Other (stray, given cat by friend etc.)
Posted Apr 07, 2015
My mother had requested that my uncle find us a cat, but I'm not sure what he was thinking when he showed up with this particular kitten, cute as she was. Skittish from the get-go, she hid under a piece of furniture as soon as he set her down, and refused to come out. I was eight at the time, my sister six, so this kitten, who did not seem to enjoy human company all that much, was clearly not right for two young children. Having come from a nearly wild litter in the country, she was very active and playful but unused to engaging with people, and I ended up with bad scratches on at least one occasion. If confined to one room because we simply couldn't handle her, she would meow constantly because she was lonely. It was clear that this wasn't going to work out, so after a few months, we had to let her go. Cats can be wonderful pets, but please make sure they are compatible with your family first. It's not fair to either the animal or your children.