Distributing pictures of domestic cats appears to be one of the most important justifications for the existence of the Internet. So I hereby contribute my share.
Domestic cats make very good pets. They love to be petted, they are cute and they are sort of house broken as default (they do want to bury their waste so it is not that difficult to get your cat to use a litter box). Of course there is the issue of all the ruined furniture if they are kept indoors.
Descended from the wild cat (Felis silvestris) domestic cats are meant to live on meat, they cannot even taste the sweetness of sugar, neither can their metabolism cope with it very well.
If you decide to get one, especially if you are going to keep her locked up in your apartment, you must remember that most emphatically, your cat is NOT a vegetarian.
So if you are a devout vegan, and can’t stand the thought of your pet eating meat, please do not get a cat as a pet. You will be so much happier with a vegetarian pet such as a rabbit or a guinea pig!
If you do think that cats are for you you can get one, or a few. If you feel an uncontrollable urge to have dozens of cats, or start trapping feral cats in your area and locking them up in your house you are probably a cat hoarder. Seek professional help!
Even so called ‘domestic’ cats are semi-feral at best.
They love to roam free and do as they please, which includes hunting for small animals and eating them, drinking from sewers and in general getting to places you don’t even want to know about.
You better learn to live with it, or else you will need to lock your cat up and keep her prisoner at all times.
Traditionally humans kept cats around to help control the rodent population. Cats will happily hunt and eat mice or even rats. Of course they like all sorts of meaty food, including fish.
For some reason the black variety of domestic cat was associated with witchcraft and black magic for some reason.
In fact in the middle ages cats could be burned as witches. The other color variations luckily do not have the same superstitions built around them.
Even though cats are semi feral creatures, on a cold day they do enjoy taking a nap indoors.
Cats in other posts:
Domestic cat on Wikipedia.
A Brief History of House Cats.
When Pets Don’t Get Enough of The Right Kind of Protein.