Before Easter, we got some very bad news about one of our cats. We'd had him to the vet for horrible breath and not being himself in March, but the vet didn't think anything was amiss. Then, two weeks after that, I had him back there because he was losing weight and really not himself and got the awful news that he had kidney failure and we had just days left. It was heartbreaking. I spent that last week crying over my cat and trying to make life better for him. He passed away just before Easter.
|Sis, get off...you're squishing me!|
So, just over a week after losing our cat, we adopted the set. The rescue group was over the moon happy that these two could stay together. It just felt right, you know? You can love and miss a feline friend and honor their memory by saving another cat. Our original pair of siblings were rescues, too. And judging from the female's pipsqueaking cries when her brother is out of sight, it was the right decision. I can't imagine how much worse it would be if they were adopted to different homes.
They are so similar that we ended up putting collars on them so we can tell them apart (and, you know, call them the right name!) Arleigh is the female and Nimitz is the male. They were rescued from a Navy base, so it makes perfect sense to us to keep the original rescuers monikers for these two balls of energy.
So now, we are earning their trust! They're a little skittish, but warming up and starting to play near us and hopping up to where we are for affection. Our other cat doesn't seem to miss his littermate, though I thought he might. Honestly, in retrospect, he distanced himself once his brother started acting sick and, well, smelling really bad. He was a bit more clingy for the first week after his buddy died, but these kittens seem to be turning out to be good companions for him so far.
No cat fights! We did towel them all down with the same towel to make them all smell the same, so I think that helped.
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