How did you get your cat(s)?
How did you all come to own your kitties? Did you adopt them from a local animal shelter or humane society, did you get them from a private rescue organisation, did you get them from a breeder, etc.? What was your cat-acquiring experience like? If you get another cat, would you do the same thing? What would you recommend to someone else looking to get a cat?
We got our first cat, Coda, from our local animal shelter. The cat portion of our shelter has a really great program called ASAP (Animal Shelter Assistance Program) that gives them the funds they need to run a really great shelter. Although they're technically not a no-kill shelter, they haven't had to euthanise a cat for population control since the mid-90's. All cats are spayed or neutered and treated for any health problems before they're put up for adoption, and they're all also micro-chipped. It's a really great place, so that's where we went to get our first kitty. The experience was great. They have several "play rooms" with toys and places to sit where you can interact with any of their adoptable cats one-on-one. The volunteers were very nice and helpful. We fell in love with Coda instantly, our approval process was efficient, and the adoption fee is only $65, which isn't much at all when you consider the level of care all their cats receive. I tell people to adopt from them al the time. If I get another cat, the shelter will definitely be my first stop.
We got our second cat, Cal, right off the street. His owners had moved an abandoned him, and we fell in love with him, so we kept him.
What about the rest of you?