The Ultimate Cat?

A Cat called Erin

Ok, here's the thing; I want to get a cat, but my wife Andrea doesn't (she's still hoping the family of foxes we had living in our back garden will come back, but after 2 years, I'm sure they've headed on to pastures new). I'm looking forward to doing all the joyful stuff (and I can deal with the not so joyful stuff) a cat owner has to do, but I'd really like to get a cat that will win Andrea over. You know - smart, affectionate, minimal scratching and few accidents. In a nutshell, the ultimate cat (except maybe that it doesn't need to be a mouser). Of course cat qualities are mostly down the the invididual, but I'm thinking some breeds might have a head-start.

So if you're a cat lover, what do you think? Should I look for a specific breed, or just look for a nice cat that needs re-homing (oh man, look at these cute cat (and dog) pictures I just found ;) I think I'm going to be a sucker for Erin whose picture I borrowed.

Comments:

Hi Colm. My own personal belief is get a "mutt". We got our black cat Bob at a local animal shelter in 1996. He was a kitten of about four months at that time. He was one of about a dozen cats that were all in a single "introduction" room. He won me over by walking off the cat tree onto my shoulder and just purred continuously right into my ear. His purr is like a motor boat. It was amazingly soothing and he's been the most lovable cat I've ever owned.

Posted by Rich Burridge on December 11, 2004 at 01:02 PM PST #

Hi Rich - it sounds like it was love at first sight ;) Hopefully they offer an "introduction room" for orphaned cats in Ireland too so I can see if I get some sparks. Your description brings back such strong memories of a cat I had when I was a kid, I'm looking forward to having a cat around.

Posted by Colm Smyth on December 11, 2004 at 08:02 PM PST #

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