Acquired: Other (stray, given cat by friend etc.)
Posted Jul 08, 2015
My dad brought Wendy home when I was just a year old. She passed away when I was 23. I'm not sure if this life-span was typical or if we just did everything right. When I was a little kid, I asked my parents if I could bring Wendy with me when I moved-out as a grown-up. Little did I know, that would have been possible.
Most cats are 100% insane when they're young kittens. They'll jump around, chase things that aren't there and just whip around the house non-stop. It's pretty adorable, as long as they don't take to clawing couches or tearing up your belongings. Disciplinary issues weren't hard to work on at all. You have to be consistent with discipline, because like all animals, cats will test their boundaries. This cat liked to claw on the corner of the couch and hop up on tables and counter tops. We used a spray bottle of water to squirt at her when she trespassed on the counter. We had some kind of scented spray deterrent we used on the furniture to keep her from clawing. That didn't go on for long at all.
This cat (and the others we had) mellowed-out with age, spending her time curled up in the sunny spots that came through the window and laying with me on the couch.
Cats are pretty low-maintenance - you feed them, brush them if you have to and empty the litter box. The biggest cost comes from vet visits for check-ups and illnesses.