February 24, 2009
In 2003, my husband’s coworker found a stray tabby around her house (see picture). She already had 5 or 6 cats and could not adopt it. So, she took the cat to the vet, where it was treated for fleas and helped the cat to grow accustomed to a home. My husband and I decided to adopt the cat. The day came and the coworker let the cat out of the carrier. We had to come up with a name. I thought of the name Olive (because the cat is a her and the fur looks olive like). Olive became a part of the family.
As I am learning about Olive and the essence which is cat, I am referring to some great Internet sites. One of the premier sites is the Cat Fancier’s Association (CFA) http://www.cfa.org/index.html The CFA os a non-profit that looks out for the best interests of all cats. It is also the top authority on breeds and pedigree. The CFA sponsors the cat shows (the top cat appears in October of each year). The CFA website is very useful in selecting a cat and understanding the behaviors of different kinds of cats (For example, I found a wealth of information on Olive’s breed, the American Shorthair). There is a section for kids to learn about cats and health information for various conditions (Olive has asthma). The CFA provides some fun cat facts and a link to various entertaining articles, from the Fanc – E – Mews magazine.
Glenda Moore has created a fun site about cats called CatStuff: Cat Information, Graphic and More http://www.xmission.com/~emailbox/catstuff.htm. The site has been around since 1995 and has some cute stories, photos, information and trivia. If you are looking for a desktop image or some tips and tricks, this is a good site to view. It makes for entertaining browsing and reading.
Olive, our American short hair has been with us for over 5 years. She has traveled from Maynard, MA to Portland Oregon via car. She is very talkative, (every afternoon she comes into the office to chat). We can find her in the house because she will answer to her name. We live with a very verbal, sweet cat. Olive has left the office as I type, but she will be back meowing a new story.