Acquired: Other (stray, given cat by friend etc.)
Posted Sep 21, 2015
My (now my Dad's) orange tabby cat was the first pet I owned as an adult on my own. He was rescued as a newly born kitten and has been with my family since. He was a a crazy cat through adolescence but has mellowed out to a docile adult.
He loves to play, but on his terms. He also loves to snuggle, but again, on his terms. He really values his alone time, and is happy playing with his toys alone, and can stay hidden for hours. However, if he needs attention, food, anything, he will be sure to let you know.
He has needed some vet attention over the years. According to my vet, orange male cats have tendencies towards crystallization in their urine, which if caught early can be treated with antibiotics. Unfortunately, if left untreated, they can form blockages which can become expensive very quickly. Mine has been on 4 rounds of antibiotics and can't look at certain kinds of food without forming a urinary issue.
Of course, the worst thing about owning a cat, in my opinion, is changing the kitty litter. However, he was a great first pet for me to keep on my own, and is much less maintenance than a dog.