Acquired: Other (stray, given cat by friend etc.)
New York, United States
Posted Sep 07, 2012
Our cat is a beast. She claws the vet, claws the furniture, hisses at house guests, and whines constantly to be fed. In short, she drives my roommate and me absolutely crazy! Despite being a giant pest, we love her dearly! She is the first face I see in the morning (mostly because she's pawing my face and whining to be fed), and she's waiting at the door when I get home. She listens to me rant and rave and responds with the occasional meow.
My experience has always been that cats require a lot of patience. They have their own personalities and they tend to believe that they run the house. While they don't require as much hands-on attention as a dog, they expect you to be there immediately when they decide that they want to be fed or petted. On the other hand, since they can be litter box trained, and are pretty independent, they make good pets for people who like to take mini-vacations, or who are regularly away from the house for more than 8 hours at a time (we can leave her for a weekend with extra food and water and she does just fine).