Acquired: Other (stray, given cat by friend etc.)
Posted Dec 16, 2012
Prudence was a feral kitten (Arabian Mau) we adopted in the UAE. She had long legs, a small face, large soft green almond eyes (lined with black) and big ears. These cats are truly feral and initially may scratch and bite. With patience they become extremely devoted and loving. My cat had a very loud voice (very handy when she was out and wanted to come in - I could hear her throughout the house). She also had a variety of voices to be used for various needs. She was extremely interactive. I think they are attached to one person and are reasonably friendly with other family members. They don't like young children (avoid them and hide) and are afraid of strangers. She was clever and very well behaved. She always used her litter box and scratching pad and never damaged anything. She greeted me each morning, often with a toy, followed me around all day, and stayed with me at night. I suspect these cats don't like to be left alone for prolonged periods. Whenever I had to be out, she always came running to the door with great enthusiasm/excitement when I returned. She was small and a finicky eater. Until the end, vets (several) couldn't believe her age,
"she looks like a kitten" was one comment when she was 13 years. She was extremely healthy until the last several years. We took her to various vets and even down to Virginia Tech (we live in Pennsylvania). She had mineralized lungs and nothing could be done for her. She died almost exactly on her 14th birthday.
I highly recommend these cats for someone who has a lot of patience (you must earn their trust), doesn't work outside the home and doesn't have young children.
You will be rewarded with incredible love, devotion. and loyalty.