Great stories, Orchidflower. I always say that people who do not like or appreciate cats have never had a real relationship with one. We've had a number of cats over our lifetime, and each one has a real personality. Most of them (if they are not wild) are great companions. No, they are not dogs, but they are wonderful company just the same!
And Outtahere, you said something about the personalities of your 2 new kitties and being surprised by the long-haired one. My experience has been that long-haired male cats can be some of the friendliest cats ever! But that's an over-generalization for sure.
One of my favorite stories is about our one cat, Nacho, who was a real Mama's boy. Every single night he would come and sit on my lap while I sat in a recliner to watch TV. Once I had some MAJOR surgery on my abdomen, and one of my worries was how would I keep Nacho off of me while I recuperated. On the first day when I came home from the hospital, I was sitting on the recliner, and that cat jumped up and sat beside
me on that chair. He had never done that before. It was remarkable. And he was generally a pretty stupid cat.
They sure have an instinct!