British Shorthair/Domestic Shorthair
Picture of Farah, a female British Shorthair/Domestic Shorthair

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Home:Houston, TX  
Age: 11 Years   Sex: Female   Weight: 10 lbs.

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Kitty Complexion:
sleepyvery active
not curiousvery curious
not vocalvery vocal

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Quick Bio:
-mixed breed-pound cat-cat rescue

Gotcha Date:
December 13th 2006

December 13th 2005


Cuddling and back scratches

Messes and being turned on her back

Favorite Toy:
Shoe strings

Favorite Nap Spot:
You or wherever you were sitting

Favorite Food:
Anything with marinara sauce or King's Hawaiian Sweet bread

Farah only needs to be told one time not to do something and it will never happen again. ...except clawing the carpet. >


Arrival Story:
Summer of 2006, my ex husband and I moved into a new rental home. We did not have any pets and I was really missing my old cat Toby that I had left with my mother. (Toby is no longer with us.) That winter, around the middle of December and after several small arguments about not getting a pet, our room mate Jay, heard a strange sound coming from the laundry room. The laundry room was an unfinished room that had a platform for the appliances on blocks so animals might be able to get underneath it. Jay said that the noise sounded like a cat so we all went to investigate. Jay climbed down the stairs and looked under the platform but didn't see anything though we could now clearly hear a cat meowing. I was concerned because it appeared to be coming from beneath the dryer and I didn't know if an animal might be able to get stuck behind the appliance. Jay continued to look around the dark room and finally, after crawling halfway under the platform (a tight squeeze for sure!) came out with a sandy colored cat. The cat looked well kept and well fed so I took her to the front porch, put her down and told her to go home. Not 15 minutes later, the meowing again. We repeated the scenario about 3 times before the cat came out from under the platform and sat on the washing machine near the kitchen door. Again, I put her out the front door but she came BACK! My ex was very against keeping the cat so I figured that once she figured out that we weren't going to feed her or let her inside, she would just go home. She stayed that whole night, sleeping on the washer, hollered the next morning and left for a while during the day, came back that night and hollered, slept on the washer, disappeared during the day and when she started to holler the evening of the third day while I made dinner, my immovable "no pets and that's final!" ex yells from the bedroom "Will SOMEBODY feed the damn cat!" I was very excited and opened the kitchen door immediately letting the kitty inside. She hopped up on the counter immediately but upon receiving a bad look and hearing a not-so-stern "down kitty!" hopped right back to the floor where she proceeded to holler and be underfoot until I got food and water down for her. My ex was against letting her stay but when he finally tried to pet her, she forced her way into his heart by getting right up in his face and rubbing all over him and (here's the real zinger) licking his nose like a puppy! After that experience, we decided that we might as well name her. At that time, I was playing a game on the Playstation2 called "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time." In this game, there is magical sand that is right about the same color as the kitty cat. There is also an NPC named "Farah" who follows your character around to help but mostly ends up blocking hallways or getting in the way while you try and fight or jump. She also tends to repeat her programmed phrases very often. Things like: "Here I am!" Needless to say, after a few days with talkative, sandy kitty, she gained the nickname Farah and it stuck. For quite a while we asked around our neighborhood and put an ad in the paper about a lost kitty but no one ever even called to ask about her. I grew up in a family that rescued and adopted stray or lost animals so naturally, we kept the kitty and the nickname became a proper name. When we got our other kitty about 8 months later, Farah seemed a little stressed but she has dealt well with the youngster thus far. We have now had Farah for 5-ish years and she has lived with us separately along with our other rescued kitty as we move about after the divorce. When I left, the cats stayed with the ex and when he went to boot camp, the cats came with me though unfortunately, now that I've discovered some new-found and very severe allergies, she'll be going back with the ex who is now out of the military and in his own apartment.

I have the "we found her circa this time" date as the "gotcha" and as the birthday for Farah considering that the circumstances under which she adopted us didn't necessarily allow us to tell how old she was at the time. This leads into a rather interesting bit about her development: How old is Farah and what kind of background breed might she be? When Farah came to us, we supposed she was about a year old considering that she looked fairly young but not like a kitten. She had all of her adult teeth, appeared to be full grown and didn't display many youngster qualities you might expect from a young cat. However.... She was very playful and talkative and while she didn't seem underfed or anything, it seemed like she still had some growing to do because of the roundness of her face and paws. While looking through an encyclopedia about cats, I found a picture of a British Shorthair and thought "my that looks like Farah." But the description was all wrong "round face, round eyes, round paws, round body." Farah was thin and sleek but she had more fur than any kitty I've ever met which is also indicative of the British Shorthair. How confusing! But as the time passed, Farah got bigger and rounder and came to start looking even MORE like a British Shorthair. I've also found out recently that it can take up to 5 years for a British Shorthair to fully mature which makes sense with why she looks so different now than when she came to us. She is also VERY trusting and I'm concerned to let her be outside in a non-pet-friendly environment. All of these things seem to fit in perfectly with the Catster profile of British Shorthair right down to the trademark traits. But she doesn't look quite right! This is why I chose domestic shorthair as the secondary breed. It is my understanding that most cats one finds stray or for adoption have a "background breed" (what full breed of cat might have crossed with another to make your cat what he/she looks like) but are prominently some form or another of domestic shorthair. She even fits the Catster profile! of a British Shorthair listing their Trademark Traits as: o Round looks o Shy demeanor o Lap seekers o Hardy breed o Welcomes other pets o Wary around young children ALL of them hold true. She is friendly but you have to let her get to know you first. She is not a "walk right up and say hello" kitty. She also seemed extremely nervous in large groups of company or when Jay played is drums. When we got Max, the kitten we rescued, Farah seemed irritated that we had "thrown off her groove" but accepted the kitten with minimal protest though she did seem quite distressed that the kitten seemed to want to "wrestle" quite frequently. She is also extremely nervous around children under 10 years of age. There is also an odd bit Farah does that we call "cleaning." If there is litter outside of her box or dry food outside of her bowl, she will sweep it into piles against the box or bowl with her paws. She even put a paper towel in her water bowl when it got a bit of dry food in it! Silly, silly kitty!

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