Acquired: Other (stray, given cat by friend etc.)
Posted Jun 03, 2015
We found my cat in 1995 as a kitten. He was a black cat and a stray, and we took him in, naming him Lucky. At first he was very shy and unsure, but as time went by he became a fixture in the house. He was housebroken and well behaved, only meowing at feeding time to get our attention. He would often jump on the couch to sit with us and liked to sit on our laps as we watched TV. He was trained not to jump on anyone's bed when they were sleeping, and could easily go between indoors and outdoors. Lucky had a sweet disposition and was never aggressive. He never bit any small kids of anyone trying to pet him. When we introduced my dog into the house, Lucky took a long time to adjust to the new addition, and he did take a few swipes at the dog in the beginning. After a while, the two adjusted to each other and eventually learned to get along.
Lucky was known to shed, and as a result the house needed to be vacuumed several times a week. He also had a habit of pulling out his hair sometimes, but the problem was mild.
Overall, owning a cat was a very positive experience, and Lucky was healthy until the infirmities of age started to effect him when he got past seventeen years old. I'd recommend a cat as a great family pet!