Reader Peggy originally entered her cat Moe (whom I show first), but then decided to add her other cat, Jimmy:
Both of my cats, Jimmy and Moe, are wonderful cats, but I picked Moe for the contest (I still can’t believe he didn’t win) because he has undergone such a transformation since I first met him. He showed up in my backyard 4 years ago when he was about 9 months old. He was scraggly and scrawny like a typical stray cat. He adored my cat Jimmy, but seemed terrified of me. I fed him (and so did my neighbors) and after a couple of months I was able to catch him so he could be neutered. For about a year after that he was just an annoying outdoor cat who would get in fights and get soaking wet and would sit on my porch or in the backyard looking totally pathetic, but he would not come in the house. He vocalizes a lot and whenever I was outside he would follow me around, yakking nonstop, but if I tried to pet him he would scratch me. After about a year he started tentatively to enter the garage. Later he came in the house as long as I didn’t try to interact with him, but we became good friends from that point on. Over the past few years he has mellowed considerably and now, although still a little bit grouchy at times (and no longer a fan of Jimmy), is a total sweetie-pie, as you can see from his photo.