Meet Penny

Penny and Bella are the cats who inspired our founder, Diane, to create Americat Company. In honor of Penny's 12th birthday, Diane shares Penny's story.

Penny as kitten and adult

Adoption Story

After settling into a new job in a new city, I went to the North County (San Diego) Humane Society to adopt a pet. I wanted an adult cat who would remind me of my childhood cat. But, the volunteer recommended I meet a kitten named Shelly. She was in a cage by herself, hiding under her bed. Her brother had been adopted earlier that day. When I held her, she purred and cuddled, making little meep noises. I had never heard a cat make a sound like that. I instantly fell in love with her.

I changed her name to Penny after my hometown state, Pennsylvania, her copper coloring, and because we were both so lucky to have found each other.


Looking out the window, laying on me (she does this cute little thing where she stretches her arm out to hug), cuddling with her sister Bella, talking/ meeping, and napping in a sunny spot


The vacuum, doorbell, and strangers (Penny hid from our photographer, which explains why she is not in many website photos.)

Favorite Americat Company Product

Penny loves eating her wet and dry food from her whisker friendly cat bowls. If she is hungry and her bowl is empty, she lets me know with a little meep and runs over to her bowl.

Happy Birthday!

Penny is the first pet I adopted as an adult, and she holds a special place in my heart. She is my rock. I can always count on Penny to run to the door to see me, flop over for pets, and then be on my chest the instant I lay down on the couch to relax. No matter what has happened during the day, Penny time makes it better. 

I love her to pieces and feel blessed for the 12 years we have shared so far. Happy Birthday to my little Penny!

About Us: Americat Company is where love for cats meets American craftsmanship. Founded in 2016, we are a cat-loving, woman-owned, small business. We make cat products in the USA from safe, durable, U.S. materials. Shop all our made in the USA cat products here.

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