A startercat is an embodiment of a perfect house cat. Neat, sweet, loving, fun, smart, sociable, they’re companions for people without drama or effort.
Startercats ruin it for people. They establish an impossibly high standard of expectations for all future cats that arrive in the house. The others will usually find their niche with you, but it’s infrequently as easy as it was with the startercat.
Unless you’re fortunate enough to encounter another startercat.