Acquired: Other (stray, given cat by friend etc.)
Posted Jun 17, 2014
Chumbly has been a great cat since I met her. Originally she was my fiance's cat, but she quickly became mine as well.
As far as intelligence, she has surpassed every other cat I have ever owned, and quite possibly could outsmart several humans. It has kept her alive in some scary situations with coyotes out in the rural area we lived when we had her, and she is still going strong.
She has always been fairly healthy, only really coming into issues in her old age, which is typical of most cats.
Chumbly has always been very sociable and cuddly with humans, but she avidly dislikes any new animals and only ever comes to put up with their presence. The few times we have brought a new animal in the house, she responds quite aggressively and begins to have issues with marking her territory.
As a long-hair, she isn't the easiest cat to groom, and her love of the outdoors causes a lot of matting that is really difficult to get out. Trying to groom her is an issue, as she will actively express her distaste of it.
If you are looking for a quiet cat, this probably isn't the breed for you. It could be just Chumbly, but through the years we have noticed more and more of a "whiny" attitude, particularly when she is hungry. It isn't as simple as a meow when she needs more food, it is more like a continuous, high-pitched whine.
Despite the negatives, however, she has always been a great friend. She has a great ability to sense when a person is upset and will instantly go cuddle with them and give them loving licks and little nips.
Definitely a great pet for someone who only wants one pet and doesn't mind oodles of attention!