Um, I really disliked cats until right before I got Mattie
I loved them as a kid, but I had a college roommate who had one and it was hard for me. I don't think the cat was spayed (her boyfriend's mom is a well respected cat breeder and this was one of the cats) so it would go into heat. It would pee/mark on my things, probably because it could sense I wasn't a huge fan.
I have always wanted a small dog but I was always living in an apartment. During my last year of law school, a friend of mine was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and I wanted to get a pet to have something positive to focus on. I started looking at cats on petfinder and then saw Mattie's
picture. She was at a shelter across the street from where I was working so I went over after work one day and adopted her on the spot.
5 weeks later, I adopted Chloe
because I wanted a 2nd. Now we have Henry
too, which makes 3 cats.
As a kid, I wanted nothing more than a kitten or a cat. My mom was allergic to cats, plus she didn't like them, so we never had one. Then one day, when I was in 7th grade, my step-dad was trying to get on our good side so he took us to the humane society to adopt a cat, Ivy
was an independent 2-year-old kitty but she sometimes slept on my bed with me. I was so happy to have a cat. She died when I was in law school.
My dad & step-mom got a cat when I was in 11th grade, and they still have him. His name is Roo
and he used to drive me nuts because he would try to sleep on my head when I was there and he liked to paw at the door to let you in.
In 12th grade, a friend of mine were at Safeway for lunch and this guy was giving kittens away. We took 2 of them, 1 for each of us. My mom was pissed and wouldn't let me keep the one, so he went to my friend's house where they kept both. Her parents were upset too, but now her mom can't imagine not having them. That was Calvin
, they are still around.