A little over a year ago I had to let my Gingerbread girl Ginger go. She was very sick and would only have suffered needlessly for a very short time if I did not let her pass on to a better place.
Shortly after Gingers passing I started a new family and so begin my search to fill my house with the love and joy that once filled it with my beloved Ginger.
Baby is a let alone type of cat. She does not like sitting on laps or a lot of loving and petting. She stays by herself most of the time and likes a little head petting and chin rubbing when she wants it.
With Baby in the house I started looking for a friend for her. I had already informed my landlord that I was going to get another cat when I had too let Ginger go. I also said that I would like to get a second one so once I got a cat there would be company to help pass the time, play with and help keep them both healthy.
Two weeks later I had found a second cat that was a five year old female who appeared to be a very loving animal that liked being petted and acted very affectionate. This time I went to a no kill not for profit shelter. I did a foster to adopt and brought her home.
At first it seemed that it would work out, however after a week it became obvious that it was not. She had bit Baby on her back and it was bleeding due to getting infected so she went back and Baby went to the vet for treatment.
After what seemed forever and checking every week I went to see what new cats they had gotten in and I found my second kitty for the family.
Jasmine had just arrived at the shelter only days before. She had been at a county shelter and had been scheduled for euthanasia when they found her.
So on this Sunday when I got at their adoption site she was all alone in one of the pet cages.
As she sat in it and was washing herself it looked like she had a little pouch on her stomach. I looked and thought to myself when is a kitten going to pop out. It looked like a kangaroo’s pouch and she looked adorable. I talked to the fellow who’s name is Jim about her and after watching her for about an hour felt that she would fit in with Baby.
Jasmine was around a year old, spayed and as you can see a domesticated short haired Tabby. I brought her home and Baby sniffed, hissed and walked away from the carrier she was in. After I let her out of the carrier she tried to play with Baby, but Baby was not interested at all in playing.
Like Baby I took Jasmine to the vet to get a checkup and although she had her shots she had worms. So after getting a clean bill of health, except for worms, I brought her back home with medicine to kill them.
Jasmine is a very curious cat who likes to follow me around and constantly gets into everything. She plays well and unlike Baby she likes to lay on your lap when she wants to. Same thing for petting, only when she wants to be petted. She has the hair on her ears one sees on cats with a lot of wild in them and a personality issue of liking to nip if she don’t want to be touched. But a very loving teenage cat all in all.
I now had a new family and thought that finally there was no need to look for any more animals to bring home. Also my landlord would have had a fit it I did which might make them ask me to move or remove one of my over and above what they said I could have.
Little did I know that there would be another addition to my family at that time, however it did increase by one.
I had a outdoor semi feral cat that was hanging around the yard that I began to feed. After some time this little lady would show up the minute I pulled into the yard after work or on weekends when I would get home after being out.
I spoke to Jim from the shelter and he said if I could get her into a carrier to bring her in and they would have her spayed along with giving her all her shots for free. I believe that since I give donations regularly that was why they offered to take care of her for me at no charge. I felt bad about that and gave them a check to cover what their cost would be and I attempted to get the young lady into my carrier.
It was easier than I thought and soon Jim had her and took her home with him. He had her surgery a few days later and I picked her up from him the following weekend so without further ado….
Lady Greeneyes is a very sweet young lady.
She is about one years old, medium hair and quite a energetic kitty. She too tried to play with Baby to no avail.
For a time she was very shy and would stay away from me. I do not blame her though since she remembers being put into a carrier and ending up with surgery.
For a long time she would stay in one of the other rooms and hide. Or she would lay where she could see the hallway and move out of reach when I would go into the room she was in. She plays with Jasmine and the two of them get along like they were sisters. They chase each other and play constantly except when their sleeping.
So now I have a full house and though Baby will not play with them she does join in whenever I’m playing shoelace with them. It’s funny how a simple thing like a shoelace can get the whole family together. I sit on the floor and toss one end to Jasmine who catches it between her paws and bites it. From Jasmine to Lady Greeneyes who does the same to Baby and round and round it goes. This is the only time I have all three playing at once and let me tell you that after ten minutes or so my arm gets tired.
Lady Greeneyes seems to be the only one of the three who plays by herself with no problems. She even chases her own tail which is highly amusing since I’ve generally only seen dogs do that. Though cats do chase their tails I only have had one who did out of all the pets I have had.
I also got a new home entertainment center for the holidays and of all the cats Lady Greeneyes seems to enjoy watching television as it is new to her since she was an outdoor cat for her short life. So below is a picture for those whom were aware that I was going to update my home entertainment center for the household.
We all enjoy it and hope it last as long as the previous televisions and players I have owned. So for all you curious friends whom I told about this….enjoy, I am.
Please welcome my new family into your households and …
God Bless you all.
(editor’s note, AP sent me the following to add to his post after I already had it formatted)
I should have added on Lady Greeneyes that originally I was going to bring her to Jim so she could be fixed and let back outside where she was use to being. The reason she was so easy to get was because one day after work when I got home she was laying under the bushes and was very sick.
I guess that she must have eaten something bad and I got her into the carrier relatively easy. I called Jim and he had me bring her over to the adoption place where he met me and took her. I don’t really know what was wrong, however they did take her to their vet who took care of her.
While there they did the surgery, gave her all her shots and medications for her illness. Once I got her back I could not in all good faith put her back outside. And while she was healing I fell in love with her. She also ended up with a urinary infection and had a lot of blood in her urine. Not sure if it was from her surgery or her illness, but I had to take her back to their vet for treatment.
She is doing great now and everyday she seems to be a little more trusting of me. She now has a good home and a playmate so I am glad that she is letting me into her life. I should have had this in originally, but sometimes so much needs to be said and often some of it is forgotten while telling about the events as they occurred.
Be good to your pets and love them as they will return that love a thousand times over.