I've been resisting with both hands the fact that we have a leftover yellow kitten from two different liters. My preferences are actually 1) Male, 2) Shorthared 3) Solid colored (yellow preferred) 4) Talkative 5) and smart.
What I get is often something else entirely--because I also will take kittens or adult cats we get in who I don't think anyone in their right mind would want. This is how I happened to have two tuxedo cats--Leon has a faulty immune system (the first evidence was the case of ringworm he had that cost him his first home--older woman's Dr said her immune system was too compromised to take on a cat like Leon.) Clark--came in with a degloved tail--the pet of an 8 year child. Parents said euthanize--Clark was only 14 months old--I paid for his tail amputation and took him home--he didn't talk then but he learned to. He learned about dogs in one day. He likes the dogs and the dogs like him.
I really, really wanted one of the yellow kittens--but I'm quite afraid I'm going to end up with the mother of one of those kittens--remember what I want--she's a medium hair, tortie, very sweet, purrs, doesn't talk, afraid of dogs but she needs a home so far and a spay for sure...
It's one of those big DUH's--I may look for well bred, long lived, very healthy dogs who are good examples of their standards in looks, temperament and longevity but the cats are often genetic messes, feral or nearly so but...well, they needed a home, ya' know?
Where's Mel--she needs another black tuxedo--she only has one and he's only got half a tail..
Meeeeelllllllll--where are you?