Saturday, January 23, 2010

Introducing Katie - My First Feline Daughter

I'd like everyone to meet my new feline daughter, Katie.

She came into my life sooner than I had expected and planned. After Mr. Data crossed over to the Rainbow bridge last month and I was without a kitty for the first time in 21 years, I missed him so dearly that whenever I thought of bringing home a new cat, it was always no -  because what I wanted was Mr. Data.

But I had found a pet loss grief support group over at Anti-Cruelty Society in Chicago when I was making a donation in Mr. Data's name so I signed up for that. And when I walked by the window on the day of the support group, I noticed a cat staring at me. So I stopped and we just stared at each other for quite some time. As anybody who has a cat knows, cats usually do not do this. Either they get irritated or bored and look away. But this one did not. And after that I found myself walking by ACS every morning and every morning this same cat would stare at me.

It was only a matter of time before I went in to meet her, was smitten with her and bought her home.

I should explain that with all of my fur kids, they were all known for one thing.  Hobbes was fascinated by the bedroom closet mirror when he first moved in and would run from the bedroom to the kitchen trying to find the cat  in the mirror (the other two weren't fazed at all). Brandy would always hang around the front door, waiting for it to open, and then tear off down the hallway with his tail held high, meowing happily all the way (the other two usually watched or just peeked their heads around the door). And Mr. Data loved to sleep on the side of the loveseat and always always took the long way around by going under the computer desk, behind the couch and out on the other side (again, uniquely him).

Katie's first 48 hours included being fascinated by the bedroom mirror and trying to find the cat, tearing off down the hallway with her tail held high meowing happily all the way, and sleeping on the side of the loveseat and taking the long way around.

With an endorsement like that from all my boys, I have a feeling life is going to be an lovely adventure with Katie.


  1. Oh, I am so happy to hear this! I sounds like it was just meant to be with you two. And is GORGEOUS!!!! I know she is going to have a wonderful, cherished life with you. You go, girl!

  2. I love how animals come into our lives at just the right time!

  3. Coyote & Symphonius...what was so amazing was on Friday, when it was the four week mark since I had to say goodbye to Mr. Data. Katie had been sitting on my lap and suddenly without warning she climbed up and draped herself over my shoulder to be carried around which had always been Data's favorite thing in the world and something she had not done before. I think this was definitely proof that we were supposed to find each other.

  4. Hi,

    I saw this on the ACS Facebook page--Katie's former foster mom here. We just loved her to pieces and I am so happy to hear that you guys are doing well! She is definitely a character and a wonderful kitty. Thanks for posting this!

  5. Claire, thanks for visiting my blog. Katie is absolutely wonderful and I am fortunate she chose to adopt me and go home with me. She is a character for sure but that just makes her more special.

  6. Thanks Claire for posting the link regarding Katie! And thanks to Katie's new mom, as a volunteer at the shelter, it's nice to know that someone as special as Katie got a wonderful home with someone who clearly is enamored with her!

  7. Arleen, thanks for visiting my blog! I am very lucky indeed to have found Katie. She was completely at home from Day 1 so it's been a lot of fun getting to know her better.