Acquired: Other (stray, given cat by friend etc.),
Rescue / shelter organization
Posted Oct 10, 2013
Julie has been the first and only cat I have ever owned, because I am totally a dog person. Despite that, she has been an incredibly sweet pet, and while she has not changed my opinion on her species, she has definitely changed my opinion on her personally.
It's quite funny, since she really does act almost like a dog. She comes when she is called, she wags her tail back and forth when she is being praised or petted, and she has a variety of other behaviors which are most un-cat-like.
She is a mixed-breed Tabby my little sister rescued off the streets of her college town. When she found Julie, she still had the stiches from being spayed and declawed, and was starving as she could not hunt, and infested with bugs.
My sister cleaned her up, and I got her a few years later due to changes in living circumstance. Now Julie is my little dog-like minion.
She is exceptionally friendly and cuddly for a cat, and extremely friendly with my family, though not with anyone else.
Healthwise, she has had some issues, including regular bladder infections and obesity, though they have not been horribly bad.
Overall, I recommend cats to people that like them, or to people that cannot have dogs due to their living arrangements. While I would rather have a cat than no pet at all, owning one has really solidified that I am at heart, a dog person.