Elly is our "large" kitty. She is 6 years old. We got her for the kids (I have twins - a boy and a girl) when they were in third grade, and now are freshmen in high school. This was a compromise for a dog. My husband and I didn't really like cats all that much, but we didn't want to take on the responsibility of taking care of a dog. So, one day, daddy brought home this itty bitty black kitty.