Acquired: Other (stray, given cat by friend etc.)
Posted Mar 06, 2015
This cat came with the marriage. My wife had him since he was a baby. The first time I saw him, I asked "What kind of name is Crookshanks?" Come to find out, it was the name of Hermione's cat from Harry Potter (they are both orange).
It was very difficult to get Crookshanks to like me. He is very skittish around new people, but after awhile, he warmed up to me. I was sitting in my soon-to-be wife's apartment, and he crawled up in my lap, giving me his acceptance.
Overall, since he moved in with me, it has been a great experience owning this pet. He does meow and cry a lot in the morning (mainly for breakfast), and he has knocked over a couple of fragile items in our home. Even though it is frustrating, I believe that it is sort of preparing my wife and I for children. I understand that the two are not that comparable (a child requires way more responsibility than a pet), but having Crookshanks have opened our eyes to knowing what barriers we will need to put in place so that our future children will be free from harm (or trouble when they get into something that they shouldn't).
He's a great cat. He's still timid around young children, but, reluctantly, he'll allow them to pet him. My wife did good raising him, and I'm enjoying the benefits of her hard labor.