HI from Callifornia, Heather,
You chose well. The smartest cat I ever had was an orange shorthair tabbie I "inherited" from the former occupants of my house. He was so smart, he tried to talk English - you could see him concentrating on what we said to him and the effort he put into response. (He never actually learned to pronounce English, but my son learned Cat.)
He was also courageous. When he lived outside during th eday, I'd bring him in at night. One night when I was walking in from the car to the back door, I saw what I thought was a convention of cats (8-10) acting strangely - rising up on their hind legs, up & down. Coming closer, I discovered they were raccoons, and I was apprehensive about trying to walk through them to get into the house. Suddenly, from around the corned shot "Mister", barrelling into the crowd of raccoons like a bowling ball into pins (they were mostly bigger than he was.) I grabbed him & hustled into the door, and from that night, his full name was "Mister Protector"
Originally Posted by Kittythecat
My name is Heather and I live in the midwest. I have a one year old cat named Bob. He is an orange tabby. He has a great personality and knows that he runs the house. I have had a few cats in my time and he has by far the best personality of them all. I got him from a friend that I used to work with that lived out in the country. He was the only orange out of the bunch and I loved the color of his eyes. They were a bright blue color but have changed over the last few months. I am in the car business with my husband and we have 3 kids. I just happened to come across this site because I figured that there would have to be a place that I could find out if my cat was "normal." I have enjoyed reading about everyone else's cat. They are like our children and definitely become family. Let me know if you all have questions about me or my cat and thanks for all of the warm introductions.
Heather and Bob