Sugar is our rescue cat. She was in a "cube" at PetsMart waiting for adoption from someone who: 1. wanted an older cat, 2. wanted a declawed cat, and 3. wanted a fixed cat. Unfortunately, she had actually lost weight because she had a cold and could not taste her food. It's also possible that she was grieving the loss of her owner - after all, she was 5 at the time. We got her nursed back to health and she has been a faithful, though not overly affectionate, kitty. She'd had one owner - and was obviously not used to kids.
Most cats develop a bond with their owners and get so set in their ways that they don't handle change well. I've had, and lost, many a cat...and I guess something about this sad looking sweet cat, that we eventually named Sugar, spoke to me. She's an older kitty, age 7 now, and loves to follow me around the house and sleep on the furniture. I hate shoo-ing her off. She's not all that frisky and I feel a little guilty about getting an older kitty since my kids wanted to "play" with her.
But, I gotta say, she's one lucky cat, living the life of Riley , and has it made.
And we're going to keep her and let her live out her days in peace.