Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Posted May 20, 2016
'Having a pet will help you to think of someone besides yourself.'
Domestic long hair and short hair cats have been mankind's friend for over 9,000 years. This is about when farming was invented and scientists think that people gave cats some meat as food to stay around. The cats were used to control rats and mice which ate into the farmer's reserves of grain. So the wild or feral cats gave up their independence in return for food and then eventually allowed the humans to pet them.
Our domestic short hair cat is called 'Leisha', because she has a long tail like 'Leisha the Lemur', which is a stuffed toy. She was a rescue cat from the local veterinary clinic. Our son thought my wife should have a kitten for Christmas and took his mom to see the kittens that were available. One of them insisted on being picked up and then began licking my wife's neck. She took her home and named her Leisha.
The cat acts much like a dog in that she has to greet every visitor to our house and wants to be picked up and petted. If the new person is sitting down for a visit, Leisha will find a way to slowly, carefully, ease herself onto that persons lap and settle in for a snooze. She often can be found lying in the sun or curled up in a open drawer or a basket while she sleeps.