I also enjoy cats and as of this moment, I have a turtle that my niece purchased and then grew tired of. The poor thing was abandoned in a filthy aquarium. I salvaged him. Brought him home. Then immediately dove into Google to discover how to care for him. Four months later he lives and seems quite content. I am quite surprised to find turtles do in fact have personalities. His is quite friendly. Anytime I walk near he paddles swiftly over and climbs on his log to look at me. He is a fine fellow.