My mother loved cats for as long as she could remember, but at that time and place cats weren't considered house pets. Mom said she vowed that when she was grown, she would have cats in her house. I'm not sure she envisioned the ten we had at one time. . . .
Mom & Melon
That's a skinny young Melon on her lap. Note her beloved Freddie watching at the door. I think that may be one reason Fred doesn't care for Melon.