Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
California, United States
Posted Sep 08, 2012
Cats are known for being aloof, but you truly get back what you give. If you pay attention to your cat, your cat will love you back. But you have to recognize that they are cats and not humans. They don't understand English. They understand treats and pats on the head and how well you take care of them.
My cat Sparkle is a joy to have around. She greets me at the door when I come home every day, and comes into the bedroom to see me when when my alarm goes off. She likes to cuddle with me (on her terms, of course, she's a cat) and enjoys playing with toys.
In terms of maintenance, it's basically just food and water, her litter box and annual checkups at the vet. I recommend purchasing high quality food (worth it in the long run when you consider health expenses and the amount of litter used) and using a sandlike litter.
My cat, who was adopted from a rescue agency, has some Asian feline features and turned out to be rather vocal. This seems to be common among Asian cats. She has short hair and is all black in coloring with yellow eyes. Black cats are sometimes discriminated against, which is one reason why we chose her. We love her like part of the family.
Some possible drawbacks would include meowing (or sometimes even yowling) in the middle of the night or in the car, jumping up on the kitchen counter or climbing to high places (she's even jumped on top of doors), drinking out of my water glass, and waking me up when I want to sleep in. We also trained her incorrectly when she was a kitten, unfortunately, so she never learned the proper way to play without her teeth and claws. We'll do better on that part next time, for sure.
Overall, I love Sparkle, and she's been a great addition to the family.