I want to tell you a little about my family of rescues and why I think adopting them was the 7 best decisions that I’ve ever made.
I have six cats and one dog.
Each has taught me so much and, I know, if you have a pet in your life you are nodding your head and know exactly what I mean. It’s not just about all the love they give you, although that would be enough.
Each pet’s soul comes with a message and a lesson
Take for instance my cat, Indy, named so because we found her on the 4th of July. Five years ago she was found as a kitten when her feral mother, we presumed, had abandoned her. Indy was so sickly that even though all my cats had their vaccinations and were all very healthy, I was really scared to bring her into our home.
I decided that until I could have her examined by a vet I would make a nice little kitty nursery in our garage. I cared for her night and day and because she was so small I even took her to work with me when she was very young (yes, people made fun of me). After a few days I was able to get her to our veterinarian and she got a clean bill of health.
After thinking it over I was really worried about bringing a new cat into the mix. You know the problems that can occur!
Normally you have to separate a new cat and it can take a couple months before you can leave them alone. I thought I’d have to find a home for Indy fast, which would have been difficult because no one was willing to take her. Into the house she came.
To my total amazement, I found that the other cats were immediately drawn to Indy in a good way. Within a day of introducing them, they began to take turns caring for her. They spent time cleaning and grooming her. They were very tolerant of her playing.
That day my kitties taught me about tolerance and kindness.
Do I think this acceptance will happen every time you introduce a new cat? Absolutely not! But this time I was very lucky.
Don’t think that just because you already have a cat in your home that they wouldn’t enjoy the company. Many people tell me “My cat’s too old to bring a kitten or new cat home”, when in fact that may be just what your cat needs, and often times families report back that “it brought the kitten out in our older cat”.
Do some research online first. One of the best places I’ve found for information is the Humane Society website www.humanesociety.org.
I would love to hear your adoption story! Let me know about your successes and struggles.