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post #31 of 59
Can't remember when there wasn't a cat (or cats) in my life, and I am 72.

Leonard.
post #32 of 59
I was born into a family with 2 dogs (a Dachshund and a German Sheppard - retired police dog), up in Michigan. We moved to KY and dad gave our GS doggie away (bad daddy!). Here in KY, our neighbors had an outdoor cat named "Tabby". They mistreated the lil guy, so we took him in. I was about 8 yrs old - when I got my first cat.

Then came Oreo, another stray we took in, about a year later. Then Rusty -- adopted from the animal shelter when I was 17.

Then at age 19, finally, my first cat on my own in my uh, "adult" life: Snickers!

And so on and so forth until I now have 6...

post #33 of 59
My brother brought home a cat (Josephine) when I was about 2. She had a litter of 2 kittens (you didn't always spay back in the early sixties) that we called Little Joe and Blacky. My sister became allergic to cats, wound up in the hospital it was so bad so dad took the cats to the pound. I was about 10 years old and I cried hysterically the entire time, as mom told me what happened to them once they got there. I'm not sure that I ever forgave them for that. I made a personal vow to never do that to any animal in my lifetime.

A week after I moved into my own apartment at 18, I adopted Hippocrates and have been owned by cats ever since - except for that 1 week after he died from cancer and I found another cat. That was 1978.
post #34 of 59
I'm not so sure that the kitty was not there before I was, but maybe I was one or two. Her name was Dolly. I don't remember her. I haven't been without a kitty since.
post #35 of 59
There was a cat living at my house before I was born. She was already 5 years old because my brother got her when he was 3. So there's always been cats in my life.
post #36 of 59
I'm a late bloomer. I adopted my first cat 2 years ago when I was 31.
post #37 of 59
Quote:
Originally Posted by MissCharlotte
I'm a late bloomer. I adopted my first cat 2 years ago when I was 31.
Better late than never!! How sad for those who aren't yet owned by one or more felines!!
post #38 of 59
I got Chester and Piper 2 years ago at 26. We did have a cat when I was growing up, but she was my aunts cat (she didn't like anyone else in the house! )
post #39 of 59
Hmmmm.... well, my brother had a cat when I was born, but he died when I was just 2. Then my sister got a cat when I was 5, and I got MY cat when I was 7.
post #40 of 59
27 - my mom is allergic to pet dander, so nothing other than fish for me as a kid.
post #41 of 59
CJ, was it your brother or the cat that died when you were 2 ? ?

Leonard.
post #42 of 59
Quote:
Originally Posted by winwin
CJ, was it your brother or the cat that died when you were 2 ? ?

Leonard.
Cat.

Sorry... guess I should've clearified that.
post #43 of 59
I was about 6 and his name was Blackie
post #44 of 59
I was almost 30 when Fred and his brother adopted me. My parents hated cats, so we never had any.
post #45 of 59
Well, it was not my kitty exactly but at the age of 3, my family adopted a barn cat named Puff (you know, Dick and Jane and Sally and Spot and Puff, lol) Puff had kittens - she arrived pregnant and the little black kitten became mine!!

I have had cats all my life since then!!
post #46 of 59
My parents got me a cat when I was 6. They took care of him (his name was Tigger) but I believed he was mine.
post #47 of 59
Quote:
Originally Posted by CyberKitten
Well, it was not my kitty exactly but at the age of 3, my family adopted a barn cat named Puff (you know, Dick and Jane and Sally and Spot and Puff, lol) Puff had kittens - she arrived pregnant and the little black kitten became mine!!

I have had cats all my life since then!!
My first cat was the family cat. She "followed" my brother home from first grade, so I was about 3. He named her Friskie, after the dog in Dick and Jane, because he always wanted a dog. She was a silver tabby who lived over 15 years.
post #48 of 59
Quote:
Originally Posted by twofatcats
Can you believe it? I was about 55 years old!

My family did have cats when I was young, but they were just barn cats, so I don't really count that. We never treated them as family members the way most of us seem to treat our pets.
Festus' Mom (Miss Kitty) was given as a 70th birthday gift to a woman by her children. She had never owned a pet before. They just really hit it off at the first adoption show that Miss Kitty went to. None of her 3 kittens which were up for adoption were chosen that day, but Miss Kitty found a new home. She was renamed Jasmine by her new owners granddaughter.

All she wanted to do was sit on a warm lap and purr. We both work full time, so I'm sure Miss Kitty, now Jasmine is much happier with her. Festus looks just like her Momma.
post #49 of 59
since the age of 6 my gran told my parents they should get me a kitten. sadly they didnt listen and i had to resort to bringing home Maverick at 20 before i could get a cat.
post #50 of 59
I was 22.... we got Baylee almost a year ago and she was my first!
post #51 of 59
Stormy (my first cat) found my family one rainy night a few months before I was born. She lived until I was almost 18
post #52 of 59
my parents had 2 when i was born and was raised with tweeky til i was a few years old and then mighty died when i was in 2nd grade... we had outside cats but that was it until we got shadow in 2001
post #53 of 59
Well my Dad had a cat the whole time I was growing up. But I got my first when I was ten, but he ran away from home. Then the next year when I was eleven my parent's bought me Bubbles, the cat they currenlty have.
post #54 of 59
On my 25th birthday
post #55 of 59
31 years old.......Ellie is my first Kitty (I adopted her about 5 months ago)!!! LOL
post #56 of 59
We have always had cats. I have baby pictures of me and my Mom's
Siamese curled up in my crib.
post #57 of 59
awwwww.. what a lovely thread,

my life has been enterely envolved by Cats,....... in my parents home, always has a lovely Kitty!
post #58 of 59
Quote:
Originally Posted by rapunzel47
I grew up with dogs. I was 30 when I got my first kitty -- who would have been a dog if I had had an appropriate lifestyle. She sure taught me!
Same for me except I got my first kitty when I was 42 (which was January of this year).
post #59 of 59
I was 21 when I got Pepper, my mom is allergic to cats and dogs so I could never have any animals while growing up.
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