Acquired: Other (stray, given cat by friend etc.)
Florida, United States
Posted May 31, 2015
Up until 2001, my household and I were not that crazy about cats. One day, my mom found this cat sitting in a chair right by the chicken pen. The cat was not bothering the chicken at all, she was just sitting there. Since we were not cat people and really did not want a stray hanging around the house, we let our dog loose to chase her away. One week later, the same cat appeared in the same spot. We decided it was best to take her in so that we can find if anyone wanted her. Dad made it clear that the cat was to stay on the back porch and not come inside the house. Even though I was still allergic to cats, my sister and I played with her so she did not feel so lonely. We even gave her a temporary name, with Mom’s help. The next day, I was so excited to play with the cat that I woke up earlier than usual and went out to see how she was doing. I got worried when she was not there. So I went to Dad and asked where the cat was. He had a change of heart and brought her inside last night. 14 years later, we still have Georgia who is a full-fledged, beloved family member.
Cats can become very playful once when you attach a string to a stick and swipe it over their paws. They will find a toy out of anything. There would be many times where I would be trying to put on socks and Georgia would think that it is her personal toy. They are also really easy to take care of as they are self-sufficient and low maintenance. Unlike dogs, they do not require constant attention. This also makes it easier to leave them home for a few days. If you plan to go away for the weekend, just set out enough food and water until you get back. Though if your cat has special needs, then definitely have someone to pet-sit. Cats are excellent at emotional support. Every time I am sick or hurt or not feeling well, Georgia will get as close to me as possible.
Every animal has their own drawbacks. Luckily, these drawbacks can be fixed with the right solution. The worst drawback of owning a cat are their claws. With them, they can destroy furniture, clothing, and hurt their owners too. The solution that most cat owners come to is declawing their cat. We did the same thing with Georgia because we were unaware of any alternatives. However, since declawing means removing part of the paw, the best thing to do for your cat is to get soft claw caps. One thing cats loves to do is to knock things over. It especially gets annoying when it is dusk or dawn--you are asleep, but not the cat. As far as the smell cats leave in their litterbox, the best thing to do is to clean it daily and find something to neutralize the smell.