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.