Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Posted Jul 03, 2015
I can't say enough positive things about our girl. She is the best cat I've ever had the pleasure to know.
We got Blackie as a kitten. I let me husband name her, hence the name. :-) He won the bet. She came from a shelter and was already trained to use the litter box. That is easy to clean and never smells. You wouldn't know e have cats until she walks into the room.
We trained Blackie from the very beginning to stay off the countertops. She took that training very well. She also comes when she's called, although sometimes she feels like taking several minutes to do so. If we pat a nearby cushion, she knows that means we want her to move off our lap and lay down over there. She knows her name very well and certainly has a routine when she likes to be petted. We call it "Blackie time". Her purr is frequent and just the perfect (should I say purrfect?) volume. She meows only when she needs something, like a dish filled. When her food bowl is empty she will meow at me and walk away, looking back to make sure I'm following. She will lead me to the food bowl and sit in front of it, waiting to be served.
Overall, I recommend cats as pets. She is a domestic shorthair and does shed, but it's not too much to keep up with. We take her to the vet once a year, and that seems to be enough. There are many great books available on cat training, and if you try to understand things from their perspective I think cats are very smart and trainable.