Quan Yin was our little mystery kitty. When we took her in in 2001, the shelter told us only that she was spayed, possibly 9 or 10 months old and very shy. It was later admitted she was probably feral, but all we saw was a beautiful young cat with a scared but sweet air about her that no one else would adopt. Not long afterward, we realized from her constant hiding and lack of proper socialization that she had spent her life from a very young age on the street or in a cage.She hardly knew how to be a cat, misunderstanding our other cats' body language, and not sure how to properly groom herself, much less consistently use a litter box. A fellow animal communicator suggested we call her something kind and reassuring, and she became Quan Yin, the bodhisattva associated with compassion.