If you didn’t already know, I have THREE cats. Call me a “crazy cat lady” if you want to, whatever, I don’t care! I love my fur babies!! They’re all so unique, different from each other in looks and personality. This is how each of them found their way into my heart and home:
About Him: He is a BIG eater… food is his biggest concern. He is usually lazy and laying down. Either in his favorite box, sprawled out on the couch, or snuggled up with one of us, UNLESS, his food bowl is empty… he will meow constantly, jump all over you, and follow you everywhere you go while purposely tripping you. He stops only when you feed him. He loves to lay on our faces and chest the best. He stands on top of our chests for the longest time and it takes him forever to get comfortable but, then he lays in just the perfect snuggle spot in my arms and I feel all warm inside. He purrs very loudly, right away at any sign of affection and he will let us pet him anywhere we want, he loves holding hands and he loves getting his daily pets. He’s the heaviest one now and was the biggest one in his litter, too. The black pattern on his back makes a heart shape. Sushi doesn’t like cat toys– he acts like he is too smart and too good for them. He knows most toys are controlled by us, he seriously gives us a disappointed look when we try to make him chase things. He only likes boxes… running around them, jumping in and out of them, scratching at them, and sleeping in them.
When I was in High School, I was working at a Sonic Drive-In. My dad had mice in his basement and he couldn’t find a solution to get rid of them all. He asked me if anyone had cats that we could have. My co-worker at Sonic, we’ll call her T, was a meth head. I had started doing the drug with her and one day, we went to this couple’s house. They were meth dealers and they also happened to have just received baby kitties from their female cat that played outside and got pregnant ALL of the time. They had tons of cats of all ages roaming their house already. The boyfriend of the couple wanted to get rid of all of these new kittens, he was giving them all away to anyone who wanted them. The girlfriend was a little reluctant… she loved the baby kittens and wanted to keep them all. That’s why she has a herd of animals at her house; she can’t give them up.
I told my dad about the cats and he asked if I wanted to have two. The mice infestation was pretty bad. I asked my sister if she would take care of all of the expenses of one cat, she agreed. I asked her what color cat she wanted… we didn’t meet them first. We just picked based on the colors that were left, we also knew that we wanted two boys. I chose black and white and my sister, Ivy, chose gray, striped. I don’t remember our other options.
T brought the boys in her car to Sonic one night after I got off work. She just put them in the back seat freely, no carrier or anything and that’s how we brought them home, too. Ivy and I set the boys up with the Kitten’s Health Insurance plan from Banfield Hospital inside PetSmart. It’s really the best option for a new kitty at the best price. At $20/mo. (for each cat) for a year we were able to get the boys neutered and all of their shots that they would need within the first year of their lives. They also offered de-clawing but everyone should know that that’s not very nice to cats at all– we opted out of this.
We didn’t see mice the whole time the boys lived at my dad’s house.
I moved out before I was 18 into a house with my ex-BFF, K, and her mom. I lived with them for less than a year before they decided to move. K’s mom really wanted me to move with them into a new home but she kept telling me “no” when I asked if I could bring Sushi. I couldn’t live without him anymore and I had to do the right thing as a Mom– I got my own studio apartment and paid the deposit for one cat to live with me. As soon as I got the keys to my apartment, my sister dropped Sushi off to me.
Him and I lived together, just the two of us, for a little over a year until I met Alex (you can read our love story here— I talk about Sushi moving in a little in it, too). It took a few months to convince Alex to let Sushi move in with us but he ended up giving in and they fell in love with each other.
About Him: Benji is rambunctious! I always joke that Ivy should have named him Curious George instead because he is SO dang curious!! If you bring anything he’s never seen out, he will be there to sniff it. Even if he’s sleepy; he would rather run around and see what’s going on. He’s more like a dog than a cat. He loves chasing balls of crumpled up receipts around the house, he often tries to get into the trash, and he LOVES raw meat. He has a daily run around the house… sometimes even more than once a day he does this super fast run around, jumping over all of the furniture, it’s crazy. If you yell at him to get down or stop what he’s doing, he pretends to be good and cute by flopping on his back, showing his belly, and inviting you to pet him. Then after you pet him and look away, he is back doing the naughty thing. When he is really sleepy though, he snuggles up against one of us, asking for pets all over… he is just all of a sudden the sweetest cat ever. He doesn’t purr that often but, sometimes he does. He hates strangers.
My sister had taken care of him for years while she lived with my dad. When she moved out from my dad’s house, she moved into an apartment that didn’t allow cats but, she brought Benji with her anyways. The day came where her apartments were having “apartment checks.” She dropped Benji off at my apartment… it was obvious that Sushi and Benji remembered each other. They were instantly brothers again. The day of the “apartment check” passed and Ivy did not text me about picking up Benji… playfully, I texted her saying, “we might have to keep Benji forever if you don’t come get him soon, Sushi’s going to miss him too much” and she texted back, “oh, well, I don’t want to make Sushi sad by bringing him home. I can bring his toys and all the food I have left over.” Alex and I were both baffled. She so easily gave him up– it didn’t seem like she ever wanted him back in the first place. Alex said something along the lines of “we can love him better” and “he deserves better” so we just kept him. Sushi and Benji are partners in crime and we’ll never forgive her for abandoning him but we’re grateful to have him in our lives… though, he’s the most naughtiest one.
We lived with Benji and Sushi for two years, no problems. We were a big happy family. We packed the two in the back of our car when we moved to Las Vegas from Minnesota. They’re our babies and they’re going to stay with us forever, no matter what.
About Her: Twinkle Star does NOT like other cats. She hisses at the first sight of them and any time they get too close… which to her is around 2-3 feet. She LOVES her humans, though. She always wants to be by me or my boyfriend. She always wants to snuggle or be on top of us. She purrs loudly right when she gets near us. She bullies our hands for pets, by pushing her head into them quite aggressively, she will try to knock our phones out of our hands if we ignore her. She is very vocal and meows loudly over and over again when you give her attention and when she wants attention… which is pretty much all of the time. She loves to play… my boyfriend puts his hand under the blanket and she likes to chase it around the bed. She also likes chasing string toys, especially if there’s a bell on it! She is the ideal companion for a human… I just wish she’d get along with Sushi and Benji!!
A few months of living in Las Vegas and going to this PetSmart to buy food for the boys regularly… we always stopped at the (FUPI) adoption center in the front of the store to pet the cats. There were always different ones. We always went in… but, one day, I was saying “hi” to all the kitties equally and I noticed Alex kneeling down, with all of his attention on this one cat. She was nuzzled up against the bars of her cage and rubbing the top of her head continuously against his fingers. I knelt down to pet her, too, and she did the same for me. We left the adoption center and bought the food but we couldn’t stop thinking about Twinkle Star. We asked the cashier how we could adopt her and the cashier called the lady up who could help us with that. She told us we had to fill out an application online but, that we would receive an answer quickly. She asked us if we wanted to meet her before we applied and of course, we did. Boyfriend and I both knew it might be a bad idea to bring a new fur baby home. We weren’t sure the boys would be so happy. I told boyfriend, “if she comes to me when we open the door to her cage then, we’re bringing her home.” When we opened the door to her cage, she seemed scared… like she wasn’t going to come out and it broke my heart a little… but then, she ran out quickly, hissed at the cat next door to her (who was freaking caged in– we should have taken this as a sign!), did a few quick scratches on their scratching pole in the corner of the room, then she immediately ran to me, meowed loudly over and over, and rubbed up against my legs. I applied for her on my phone, while we were still in the parking lot. We waited a little to see how soon it would be to get a reply, we wanted her right then and there. They didn’t respond right away so we just headed home… of course, right when we got home… I received the e-mail of approval!!
We went back to the PetSmart right away, bought all of the things she would need, and brought her home.
It’s been a struggle ever since to get her and the boys to get along. I usually just keep her locked in the bedroom. I don’t think I introduced them all to each other properly even though I did everything the internet said to do… I feel like we messed up somewhere in the process.
Do you have any fur babies? How did you get them? More than one? If so, do they all get along?