Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Posted Mar 13, 2015
Kiki was very playful when we adopted her and remained so for most of her life. Unfortunately, she never learned to retract her claws and that led to many, many scratches. She would hide around corners and snag your stockings as you walked by. This her morning game :)
She could be very unfriendly with dogs and young children. When she was around 10, we adopted a dog and she adjusted after a week or two. Occasionally, she would scratch the dog but there were never any fights.
She loved to sit beside me on the sofa when I napped or watched television. She was not a cuddler but liked a fair amount of affection. If she had enough, she would often bite to signal this.
In terms of intelligence, she was extremely bright and also an expert hunter. She ALWAYS brought her prey home. She once brought a live snake into the house. It hid in the closet, which she guarded for half of a day before we realized there was something going on. That was quite a scare!
She was a really beautiful cat who groomed herself well. She required a weekly brushing, and her fur matting was minor and easy to clip until the last year or two of her life. She was very healthy and passed away due to kidney failure at the age of 17.
Despite the many scratches, I'd do it all over again.