Acquired: Other (stray, given cat by friend etc.)
Posted Aug 16, 2015
I've owned both cats and dogs, but find that cats really are the ideal pet for me.
My last cat (that stayed at home with my grandmother, when I had to move out of state for work) is incredibly low maintenance. She was easy to train (litter box, staying off of counters, tables, etc.) and groom, and like most cats, she lets you know when and how much attention/ affection she needs.
Light play, a few toys, and the occasional brushing are all that she requires outside of her daily food/water/ litter box cleaning routine.
She's quiet - with the exception of mornings when her normal schedule isn't followed - when she reminds you (quietly at first, then rather loudly) that it's time to get up and eat. ((While this might sound annoying, it's actually a great backup system if you alarm clock doesn't go off.))
The only cons about having a cat is that they aren't as friendly around larger families/ crowds, and they're not the best around small children. If you're choosing a cat for a family pet, it might be best to wait until your children are older.