We've all posted our "now and then" photos...how about descriptions? Cats change their behavior over time, and a lot of us got our cats from less-than-savory situations. Our cats tend to have positive behavioral and attitude changes over time. So, what's your before and after story?
I just fed Rotten wet food, which is what made me think of this thread. She never used to have an interest in wet food (even now, she'll only eat...maybe a 16th of a can, she's not big on rich foods), but she came squeaking at the smell, trying to nose in on the dog's food. She's a slow, picky little eater, eats a three pound bag in a month, if not a month and a half. When I first got her, she was a roly poly little cat...but you couldn't pry her away from her foodbowl. She ate frequently, and in larger amounts, always with desperation. The "every meal is her last meal" mentality. She's more independant than she used to be, which makes me sad, she used to glom all over me. Her purr has evened out. It's a quiet purr...when she first adopted us, you could hear her purr three rooms away. She still adores people just as much. She's physically standoffish, but you can see it all over her posture...the kitteh loves people. And dogs.
My dog's the same way, he eats very little these days--a ten or twelve pound bag per month--whereas he used to eat every single bowl that was in front of him til he puked, and he'd fight the other dogs away from it. Sure shows that he was starved as a pup. Rotten tried to nose in on his food, and I held my breath and waited to yell at Bodie...but no, he didn't even look at her, just edged away a little from where her nose was poking in. I'm so proud
He also used to flinch and run from any objects held in the air, he'd jump and run if you put your foot near him (trained by kicking), and he couldn't understand the concept of toys. Toys made him nervous, he didn't understand what we wanted him to do with them. He loves
toys now, loves foot-pettings, and sometimes just to test him I swing at him like I'm going to hit him--he doesn't flinch. Heck, I'm not sure he notices lol. His tail never stops wagging. I don't trust dogs, so I kind of test him a lot to see if his reactions & behaviors indicate any aggression. He used to be semi-aggressive. I think that's officially gone!