Acquired: Other (stray, given cat by friend etc.)
Posted Sep 06, 2015
Dutchess is our latest cat in a household of 4 cats. She decided to come inside to have dinner with our other cats on a cool fall day. At the time, she was obviously a stray, being very scrawny with a sparse coat.
Nowadays, she spends most of her time outside, except in the coldest days of winter. She is extremely self-sufficient and independent. She will accept affection, although a bit reluctantly. She's quiet and hardly meows or purrs. However, she is very lovely. Her coat has grown in thick and smooth.
I find her stand-offishness unusual compared to our other cats, who are very affectionate. Also unusual is her quietness. We excuse her dislike of affection as a quirk of her previous stray life. Each kitty has it's own personality and you may find some surprising traits, like one of our cats likes to play "fetch" as if she were a dog. Another meows incessantly.
We have gotten most of our cats from a shelter and I recommend this. While you're there, you can take your time and get to know the cats before you select one (or two). Domestic cats generally keep themselves clean and require little attention.