Thursday, January 18, 2018

Here Kitty, Kitty...

The most amazing man in the world suggested a few days ago that we drop into the local humane society and check out what's going on there. Just to look. Nothing more. Just look. And...maybe...if a connection was made...we'd consider...possibly...adopting. Or not. No pressure.

With wounds still somewhat raw from putting our beloved cat Nacho down recently, it was a tough thing to so. But we had room in our home and - most importantly - room in our hearts to rescue another cat and offer it the love and care it deserves. So we went.

And then this happened:


This little lady, this adorable calico, stole our hearts. Playful, sociable, affectionate, vocal...how could we resist? She chose us and there was no turning back. We couldn't take her home right away because she wasn't spayed yet. She was sent for surgery the next day and we were able to go get her the day after that.

We have not named this 6-month-old sweetie yet. We're working on it. And we're also working on teaching her the rules of the house and keeping up with her. It's been a long time since we had a young cat in the house and we've forgotten just how energetic, mischievous and rambunctious they can be. But we are loving every minute of it!

If you have any name suggestions, please share them below.

54 comments:

  1. I'M.....SO......HAPPY!

    Congrats to you, the most amazing man in the world and Mocha too.

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  2. Adorable! Congrats! I always wanted a calico cat -- they are so attractive!

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    1. I've always wanted on, too! My older daughter has two and they are so beautiful and so sweet. I didn't realize the first time we saw this little one that she was a calico. My husband mentioned it when we left the shelter but I didn't think so. When we went back to get her, I turned to my husband and said "She really does look like a calico" and the lady at the counter at the shelter said "She IS a calico!". And there you have it :)

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  3. Hello, sister feline! I was nine weeks old and living at the Winnipeg Humane Society when I, too, rescued my human from an insufficiently cat-endowed life. My human had to sign a paper promising to bring me back at 6 months for that same operation. I never got a cone though! I hope you have a long and happy life with your new humans. Train them early and well. That's MY advice. Oh, and find a nice piece of furniture to claw. Climbing the curtains can be fun too.

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    1. Oh my gosh, HRH, don't encourage her! We're already trying to break some kitten habits. I will NOT let her see this post :)

      How's the afterlife treating you? Or are you in charge there? HAHA

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  4. Congratulations to, and happy for, you all. She looks like a really Luv and quite possibly a little prankster!

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    1. Oh Toni, you got that right! She has a lot of personality. A LOT! And she's just getting started :)

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  5. Yay!

    She looks like a Harriet. Or Edith.

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  6. She is adorable. She looks like a Sparkle to me!

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    1. That is cute! I'll add it to the list of all these cool names.

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  7. I see why you couldn't leave without her.
    So happy for you.

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  8. She's so cute! :) Congrats!!! Adopting a pet is such a wonderful thing. You are going to enjoy her antics lol! :) We've been listening to the Jack Benny radio show from the 30's and 40's. One of his regular guests is the woman who played the voice of Betty Rubble. She's an extra but her voice is unmistakable every time she has a line. I always thought Betty was a nice name for a little girlie feline or canine!

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    1. Betty is a very nice name. I used to have a best friend named Betty when I was a kid. I often wonder where she is and what she's up to. We lost touch after she and her family moved much further away. I'd look her up but I don't remember her family name!

      This little kitten has added a lot of much needed joy into our home. She's helping us with our grief, and she has even distracted Mocha from hers. We are so grateful for all this.

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    2. I'm so happy to hear it! Honestly when I lost my Spencer, I went a year without a dog in my life and I was miserable. Then we got Charlie and she is a great dog, but she wanted to be around Alex all the time so I still felt bad. Then we got Jack and suddenly I felt whole again. Now with all the 8 critters, I have no time to feel sad, but I still say hello to my pugs each morning. :)

      PS: We've noticed (and other people have said the same). Female dogs tend to stick with the male owners, male dogs tend to stick to the female owners. That's how it is here FOR SURE. Pavlov and Jack are velcroed to me. Marlene, Charlie and Stella are always following Alex around. Our three cats are male and 2 of them are clinging to me all the time, the other is just all over the place. Do you notice that with your cats?

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    3. It is awful when we lose beloved fur babies. Their lives are much too short for my liking. I can only imagine how difficult that year after you lost Spencer was. I didn't think we'd adopt so soon but with all those poor souls stuck in shelters, the urge to visit is strong. Honestly, I wish I could take them all home, Rain. It pains me to choose one and leave the rest behind.

      Mocha is attached only to me. She was somewhat feral when we got her and it's taken years of reassurance and love to gain her trust. Underneath that fear is a sweet and gentle cat that just wants to be loved. She sleeps with me every night and whenever I take a nap. She also follows me around the house and only allows me to pet her whenever I please. That level of trust from her is an absolute honour.

      Nacho was in the middle. She was an extremely confident and fearless cat. She trusted both of us 100% and gave us both equal attention. And the little one, so far, seems to be the same. For the first few days she seemed to favour George but when she realized that I do all the feeding and baby talking, she started leaning towards me...lol... Now she's settled between us and it doesn't seem like she favours either one. When we sit and watch TV, she goes from one to the other. And sometimes she sits between us and makes sure she's touching both. Head on one lap, back legs on the other. HAHA... It is so cute. And so funny!

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    4. Ha ha ha ha...they soon learn who does the feeding and coo-ing lol! Very funny. Oscar the cat does the same, when we're watching movies, he nuzzles between us, usually sitting on me and stretching his paw out to touch Alex.

      I agree, their lives are way too short. We can learn a lot from our animals...live for the day! :)

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    5. Cats are a little self serving...lol...so if you're in control of the food, they cozy up to you :)

      Aw, Oscar sounds cute! I love when they want to be close to both. It is so adorable!

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  9. Martha .. I am so sorry about Nacho .. I haven't kept up very well ... I remember when I first saw that little sweet heart at your house in Kingston.
    I understand your grief too well and your yearning when you saw this beauty.
    Honestly ? .. my heart STOPPED when I saw this one .. she is the spitting image of my first Calico, Molly .. I still grieve for her even after over 13 years.
    Calicos are special girls .. you need a special name, so take your time ..
    My Molly was an amazing cat that traveled from Canada to the Netherlands back to Canada .. she did it all with grace and dignity and seemed to have a blast with it all ... we lost her to cancer as well, so I truly understand the impact.
    Enjoy this new little life .. Mocha will eventually enjoy her too ... congratulations, be happy but let the grief have it's time to work out as well .. some how I just couldn't get over mine .. don't get stuck like I have.
    All the best
    Joy : )
    My other Calico , Lucy, came from the Humane Society here in Kingston .. almost a mirror image of Molly and this one as well .. remarkable !

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    1. Joy, I'm so happy to see you here! Are you back to blogging? I'm going to have to check.

      We were devastated with the loss of Nacho. She was the most incredible cat. We always joked that she was a human in a cat's body :) I think our grief was even worse because she was only 8. We will never forget her but I don't want her legacy to be one of pain. I'm working on it.

      I've always wanted a calico. They are such smart, sweet, loyal and laid back cats. My older daughter has two and they are just lovely. This little one has added much needed joy into our home. She's helping us move beyond our grief and embrace a new normal. It's not easy but it gets better every day.

      Thank you for popping in to say hello!

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  10. She is very cute

    her are some names

    Salsa

    Sansa

    Cat

    Meow

    Fluffy

    Robotron 64 (my personal favorite)

    Sam

    Furball

    Way Better Than Trump

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    1. More great choices! Salsa and Sansa are fun, but so is furball, which is what I've been calling her now and again. And Way Better Than Trump...well...that had me laughing out loud :)

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  11. Aw, she is adorable, Martha! (Really, is any cat not adorable at that age? but she is adorably YOURS!

    Now, what does Mocha think? That is the $64,000 question :)

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    1. Sometimes Mocha thinks that the kitten is like a fly, buzzing around, annoying...one that needs to be swatted :) Actually, Mocha has been amazing. She is a gentle cat that likes peace and quiet, so I'm not surprised. We did keep their items (food bowls, water bowls, litter boxes, sleeping quarters, etc.) separate from the start (only today allowed them to share) and kept the kitten in one room overnight to keep her safe and allow Mocha to explore the house on her own and take in the little one's scent. Each day it got better and better because of this slow transition. Today was the best; they even slept together on the same bed. But Mocha is older and doesn't have as much need to run around, so sometimes I imagine she does think of the little one as a fly buzzing around and being annoying :)

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    2. Aw, I'm so glad it's been relatively calm! It can be hard to integrate cats, more so than dogs, I think. Wonderful to hear how well they are doing!

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    3. It can be very difficult to integrate cats! They are so territorial. Honestly, if Nacho was the one that we'd have to introduce a new cat to, it would have been a little harder and longer. She was a much more assertive and territorial, and she would have hounded the kitten every chance she got. Eventually she'd embrace it and never bother it again, but the initial reaction would be one of "Get the heck out of my house!" LOL

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  12. Good for you to find a nice critter to live in your home with you.

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  13. What a cutie! Happy you found another kitty to share your home with.

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  14. Beauty comes to mind, both in what you did and how she is! I have a meet and greet with a kitty this weekend...

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  15. First time I have commented here, but compelled to, by this sweetheart. I would call her Callie! MaggieB

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    1. I'm so glad you let a comment, Maggie. Thank you for that! Callie is a lovely name. It actually crossed my mind the other day. I'll add it to the list of suggestions!

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  16. Well, looking all royal and everything with that Elizabethan collar, it stands to reason she is a 'Liz'.
    What a sweetie indeed!! How lucky you ALL are to have found each other.

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    1. Liz! So cute :) My gosh, Jim, there is no end to how many cute names there are to choose from.

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  17. Congratulations! She is a beauty. I suggest Patches for a name.

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    1. Thank you, we are very happy! And Patches is such a great name!

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  18. What a lovely photograph, she is adorable.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thank you, Jan! We're so happy we found her. Or she found us :)

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  19. How can you possibly go to the local humane society and not walk away with a new kitty? She's smart too, because she chose you. "Patches" immediately popped into my mind when I saw her, but whatever you name her, she will be blessed to be in your home! Sending you a big hug!

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    1. Thank you, Louise! We still haven't named her. I think we just want to take our time and see if something pops up watching her. For now we just use cute names when we refer to her.

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  20. The first name that popped into my head when I read this post was...Calico!

    Obvious, I know, but it's an unusual name and I think suits her.

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    1. I actually really like the name Calico. It is unusual and it sounds nice. We'll see what happens!

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  21. How wonderful. She is just gorgeous. - We have 2 Calico cats right now & they are so much fun. Naming them is fun too. How about Jazzy.

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    1. 2 calicos! That is cute. They have a lot of personality. Jazzy is a really cute name. Another to add to our list. We still haven't decided!

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  22. She is adorable Martha!

    hope she gets better soon and you can enjoy her company with all of her michiviouness

    i think that timing of decision is perfect and her joyous company will help in healing from the previous shock

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    1. Her arrival was the perfect time. She has helped all of us with our grief! These precious little beings bring so much joy and love with them.

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  23. Cute little thing.
    I'm reading backwards.
    Love the name.
    Happy New Pet!

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    1. Thanks! She's cute. Really settled in now.

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