American Shorthair
Picture of Tiger, a female American Shorthair

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Age: 23 Years   Sex: Female

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Kitty Complexion:
sleepyvery active
not curiousvery curious
not vocalvery vocal

Quick Bio:
-mixed breed-part feral-cat rescue

As a young cat she loved exploring outside and chasing long strands of wheat that I would wave in her face.

Ava! :P

Favorite Toy:
Anything that wiggles, jiggles, tickles, dances, and rolls.

Arrival Story:
Tiger and her sister Ecco (a grey cat with a bob tail) were rescued from the barn belonging to my half-brother's dad--a popular place for dumping unwanted pets, as it was right next to the side of the road. They were the only two kittens still alive, their parents and siblings had all been either hit by cars or picked off by coyotes or stray dogs. When they first came to us they were terrified of everything. Ecco warmed up fast to my younger brother. Tiger warmed up to me shortly after. I was only 9 years old when we saved them. A couple months later both Tiger and Ecco surprised us when they each had kittens of their own. We found homes for most, and kept one of Ecco's daughters, and traded one of Tiger's kittens for a calico kitty. Tiger was heartbroken and searched for days for her missing kitten, but she accepted Mischief as her own after that and even allowed her to nurse. We got them all spayed after that. At one point when I was 17 years old Tiger went missing for about 3 weeks. We thought she was gone for good when one night she came back!! She looked like she had been attacked by a dog, or gotten into one nasty fight with another cat, for she had large holes in her sides (which later became infected and took a couple more weeks to heal). We figured since the fight she must have lied down to die somewhere, but when she realized she was going to live, she came back home. I was so happy that night when I woke up and wandered out into the living room, and there she was! She never went missing again. Now Ellie (Ecco's daughter), Mischief (Tiger's adopted daughter), Ecco (Tiger's sister) have all passed away from either sickness or old age, but Tiger keeps on living. She's about 17 years old now but at the rate she's going I believe she might even live to 20. I moved away from home 3 years ago, and left Tiger behind to stay with my mom and brothers in the house she's known practically her whole life, but she still remembers me when I visit.

One of my favorite things about Tiger is her meow. It sounds unusual, kind of nasally, but she does seem to enjoy conversation. Much like her late-sister, Ecco, Tiger has a great understanding of the English language, and acknowledges what you say with surprisingly human responses--such as the time my boyfriend stated the obvious to her "You're a cat!" and she replied "DUH!" by slapping him~ LOL! Unlike most cats I've met, Tiger doesn't mind being picked up (at least not usually) and holds on to my shoulder, lightly digging her claws into my skin and purring while we rub our foreheads together. She's the greatest cat I've ever known, and while I am a "dog person" through and through, if I ever found another cat just like Tiger I suppose I would have to take back what I said about not wanting any more cats. ;)

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