Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Posted Jul 17, 2013
Molly was my older sisters cat, however I would say that she spent about equal time with everyone in the family. She was a very active cat but in comparison to the cat that I have presently, more standoffish than I would have liked. We got her from the shelter when she was around 3 years old, so it is unclear if this behavior is common or simply learned from less affection in her previous home. Molly was very playful and always enjoyed enthusiastically battling anything resembling string. She also was an avid fan of climbing the tree in my family's backyard, which at time was quite bothersome as she would not always be inclined to come back down.
Eventually her adventurousness became problematic, where she would try to run right out the door when it was opened and find the next tree to climb. In the time that Molly and my other cat Smokey lived together Molly was solidly the dominant cat and was not shy about giving Smokey a bat around the head. Despite this, she was never aggressive with us and their encounters were only small spats that were usually resolved with some cat cuddling and cleaning eat others heads. When we owned our dog, she generally ignored him as he was also rather subdued around other animals.
Molly possessed few destructive behaviors and vocalized quite often. She had a very interesting meow that I have not heard a match to since. The entire family was devastated when she finally succeeded in escaping the house and was reported hit by a car shortly after. Although I did not find her as affectionate as I would have liked, she was a great cat and I still miss her to this day.