I don’t know whether I mentioned this or not, but one of the major perks of buying our own house was that we could once again get kitty cats. I am a major cat person and have REALLY missed having cats around. So Saturday Shawn and I headed off to Petco where one of the area animal rescue programs was hosting a pet adoption day. This shelter focused on dogs, but we were incredibly lucky that they had exactly–and I mean EXACTLY–what we wanted. Two cats–both of Siamese heritage. In fact, they were actually mother and daughter so already used to each other. It couldn’t have gotten much more perfect than that!
We promptly snapped them up and ran around Petco buying various pet paraphenalia that we needed to take care of them. Litterbox, cat litter, food, toys (okay so that’s a want, not a need), water bowl, food dish, etc. We also picked up one large travel kennel so we could transport them both safely to our house. Once we got home they promptly went to find a hiding place and we didn’t see much of them for a couple hours. Perfectly normal. Cats usually take awhile to adjust to new surroundings.
The mother cat is 6 years old and named Samantha. She’s a chocolate Siamese, with more chocolate than cream. I had to laugh when her foster mother told me what her name was–my favorite cat when I was a teenager was a Siamese named Samantha. So that made it feel even more like these kitties were destined for us. The daughter cat is 2 years old and her name was Maggie. I say was because I just didn’t love that name. I wanted to keep something similar enough that she wouldn’t get confused, so I changed her name to Maddie, short for Madison. She’s actually a black Siamese–the only all-black Siamese I’ve ever seen. I assume this means she’s less “purebred” than her mother, though I plan to talk to the vet whenever we have to take them in to see if he/she knows anymore about them. I’ve found a bit online, but not a whole lot.
Madison is DEFINITELY the braver and more playful of the two. So far, Samantha only comes out at night, and sometimes in the early morning. She’ll let us pet her, but she doesn’t hang around for long. Both cats will usually sleep with us off and on during the night, but Samantha’s usually not there when we wake up. Maddie on the other hand–she’s definitely more of a “people” kitty. I got up early to go to the bathroom and she pounced on me as soon as I laid back down. She insisted I love on her and worship her appropriately for the next half-hour, nuzzling my hand any time I dared to take a break from petting her. Then, once we got up to get ready, she kept stalking me, following me wherever I went no matter what I was doing. She sat on the bathroom counter waiting while I showered, “talking” to me as I dressed and did my hair. She’s SUCH a sweetie. Samantha’s sweet, too, just more shy. I’m hoping she’ll get braver as she adjusts, but I doubt she’ll be quite as affectionate and vocal as Maddie.
So yeah, I’m in love with our new kitties already. Amazing how quickly they worm their way into your heart!