Acquired: Other (stray, given cat by friend etc.)
Posted Oct 13, 2015
Penny is a black domestic short-hair. She is, I think, as close to me in my personality as any cat could ever be. We get along very well. She is extremely vocal, constantly chatting and talking about her day.
I rescued her from my backyard three years ago. I saw her walking around a few times prior to taking her in, and she was always quite dishevelled looking, no collar, but very curious and chatty. I fed her a few times and didn't see her for a long time. Finally she came back looking worse than ever, so I took her in. I brought her to the vet and it turns out that she had no microchip and she had two parasites. I got her all cleaned up and she has had a nice warm home ever since. Whether she was feral or had escaped from a previous home, I am so happy she found her way into my life!
I think rescuing cats is extremely valuable, and something that more potential pet-owners should practice. Perhaps not from your backyard, but rescuing from a shelter, for sure. I have four rescue cats now. Only one of them is a shadow cat (meaning I rarely see her, she hides almost all day.) The other three have adapted well to being inside. One of them had been declawed by a previous owner, something I never would have done. So if you're thinking about rescuing a cat, I highly recommend it. It might take some time for the cats to warm up to you and their new environment, but patience and a lot of love (and delicious food) goes a long way!