Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Posted Jun 30, 2015
Quite a few years ago, my significant other wanted a black cat, so our roommate and I started looking online for local adoptions. We lucked out when we found a humane society foster that our roommate already knew, who had a mostly black cat. At first, Arshes was scared and wouldn't come out of the bed. It only took a day or two for her to adjust and come out of her shell.
As a young cat, Arshes was extremely playful and active. She climbed *everything*. There were times when we'd come home and couldn't find her, only to notice that she'd climbed to the top of the curtains and was sitting atop the rod. She hunted quite frequently, which pleased the home owner due to the lack of rodents.
As she grew older, she mellowed out and became much more loving. She would always be in my lap, or somewhere near me. She loved everyone who would give her attention, but was never annoying about it.
Arshes was also great with other cats and dogs, and even the baby duck we raised for a while.
Arshes was easy to litter-box train, and always kept herself well-groomed. Her coat was shiny and the pads of her paws were always soft. She was 100% an inside cat. We tried to walk her once, and she didn't like it much. We also took her outside once when it snowed. She walked out, looked at the snow, and turned around.
She was by far my favourite cat I've ever had. I grew remarkably close to her over the years I had her. I was devastated when she passed away, but I think of her everyday and keep her very close to me.