We came to SAFE Haven a day after an event at Pet People where cats had been adopted at the store. The shelter was somewhat empty, because many of the cats were at the event. We walked up to a cage, and there were two kittens, wrapped around each other in sleep. We noticed a sign saying, “Bonded Pair” and asked the adoption counselor what that meant. She told us that it meant that we couldn’t adopt just one, we’d have to adopt both of them. Rather than moving on to the next cage, we realized at once that we wanted to take both of them home. I believe that our “Yessss!” let the counselor know that we really wanted two “babies.” The cats that we’d had before had been euthanized because of age-related health issues. They were 16 and 17, respectively.
I believe that cats “tell” you their real name after you’ve had them for a week or so, so we changed their shelter names to “Harry” and “Mimi.”
Honestly, I don’t remember the date we adopted them, I just remembered that they were scared when we brought them home. They bolted into an upstairs guest room and got under the bed. We put out food and a small litter box, and just let them come out at their own pace. That was five years ago, but they still curl up and sleep together, and they still groom each other with a bit of wrestling thrown into the mix.
Harry and Mimi are the joy of our lives, as we have always had cats: throwaways, giveaways, strays, etc. Mini is a bit of a rascal and Harry is utterly well-behaved. We call them “Felis rascalus” and “Felis gallantus” when either or both displays their “true selves.” We could not love them any more than we do- never having had children (and thus no grandchildren) they are the light of our lives, and will live in heaven the rest of their lives. I can only upload one file (their pictures were taken separately) so here is Harry, enjoying a little dinner. Mimi had finished, and was on her scratcher, which doubles as a bed.