My cat came with the house, so to speak. Funny thing is, I didn't even want another cat! I'd had a few in the past and did't like having to worry about them being outdoors to be run over, attacked, end up missing for whatever reason, etc.. Odder still is that this cat used to BE an outdoors only cat. Poor thing was probably dumped. It happens a lot out here where I live. And thankfully I discovered eventually that he'd already been neutered.@Nope, Betty, and Oglala... after reading about maintaining cats, I am more convinced than ever that the best place for a cat is outdoors. LOL
But he adopted me, it wasn't the other way around. As family members and friends came to visit, he eventually became more and more tame. But then I found myself falling in love with the little bugger and his odd quirks. He'd always be waiting outside for me and my coffee mug every morning. Plus the dogs really liked him for some odd reason. That was strange enough in itself.
Now he rarely ever wants to go outside since I broke down and started letting him in a few years back during a particularly bad snow storm. I felt so bad about him being outside, even though he really didn't seem to mind it out there. So it's MY OWN FAULT that he's a lazy, purring, fat and happy couch 'tater now.
He's done a good job though, catching more than one field mouse in the house during the last few years. And for that, he has more than earned his keep. Litter, vet and food costs per year aren't all that bad on me. I just budget for my critters and use critter food coupons like a mad woman, LOL.
It is what it is. I'm just a critter magnet. God blesses me with little hearts to care for. That's how I look at it, He simply provides. I'd not have it any other way.