Acquired: Other (stray, given cat by friend etc.)
Posted Nov 27, 2015
Around the age of five, my parents started to talk about us adding a cat to the family. Up until then, we only had experience with dogs so it was both exciting and scary. We were not sure where were we were going to get a cat, but we just knew it was a high possibility. As it turns out, one of our family friends found a litter of kittens that needed homes.
We ended up choosing a black and grey stripped female cat whom we named Ethel. She was the sweetest thing! She was talkative, only when spoken to, playful when the toys were out, but also very independent. She loved to be cradled like a baby and she would put her paw on your face and fall asleep. During her lifetime with us, Ethel welcomed three babies into the home. At first my parents were very nervous with the cat laying on the baby or getting hair on everything. However, she surprised us and ended up taking each kid in as if it was her own. She would always be found sleeping at the foot of the crib or right underneath it. Whenever the baby cried, she was in the room watching just to make sure everything was okay.
We have had two other cats, of this breed, since we got her and it is one of the best cat breeds out there.