Both of these two furry 'n fabulous felines came into my life as a result of being picked on by other cats.
Kitty (the calico / tabby mix) arrived in April '03 when my friend and neighbour Maureen thought Kitty be happier with me. Mo's two male cats ended up bullying Kitty to the point that she would stay outside or hide in the basement. Once she moved in here she settled right in as Queen of All She Surveys, and the fact that she is still in her familiar neighbourhood helped the transition.
Kitty is small but tough (she has a divot in her ear from fighting off a local tomcat) , and even though she's now over 10 she's quite playful and still a bit kittenish. She is at her happiest just curled up on my lap, and she's also spoiled with two cushions on either side of my computer, where she can sleep or keep an eye on outdoor things through the window. She's a sweetie!
Jett joined the household in similar fashion in Feb. 05, when my friend Tina had the same problem with him being pestered and dominated by her male Siamese. Poor Jett had already received two puncture wounds to his shoulder, and after the third one Tina asked me if I could look after him until Spring arrived and she lets her all of her five cats outside. But it turned into a permanent arrangement, since he seems much happier here. Kitty did not make much of a fuss when he was brought over here, even though being all black and male he greatly resembled one of her old tormentors. She obviously decided he'd be manageable, and so it can be rather entertaining watching them sort out their relationship. Jett is a big, affectionate cat, and a bit of a bull in a china shop, but who can resist such a friendy beast?