Acquired: Other (stray, given cat by friend etc.)
Posted Jul 20, 2015
I got this cat after a family friend decided to move and not take his pet with him. He was three when I got him and spent a long time hiding in the back of a closet before I was finally able to coax him out.
While this cat was hard to gain his trust, he was a happy and gentle cat from the moment he started to trust me. While he was still afraid of dogs, he would still brave them enough to find his way over to the couch or go outside.
But, because of the superstition surrounding black cats, he never went outside around or during Halloween. He wasn't one to wander far from the house, but it kept him from being hurt by a neighborhood kid.
As he got older, it became difficult to keep his claws properly trimmed. They were strangely brittle and chipped easily, but he never used a scratching post or anything similar to keep them at a reasonable length. He also became a lot more vocal, responding to his name loudly for for a long time.
I have no complaints about this cat. He is one of the pets I try not to compare to others.