"Once a cat has given its love, what absolute confidence, what fidelity of affection! It will make itself the companion of your hours of work, of loneliness, or of sadness. It will lie the whole evening on your knee, purring and happy in your society, and leaving the company of creatures of its own society to be with you." -- Theophile Gautier (This perfectly describes my beautiful old tortoiseshell, Abigail)
* * CAT SNIP: Calico cats, while not an official breed, are distinct enough by virtue of their beautiful markings to have inspired all manner of myths about their personalities, as well as their mysterious origins, none of which are true. Here's one true fact, however. Almost all calicos are females. Another: Most people would agree that these multicolored cats are lovely to look at.