I have been sharing some “Where Are They Now” type posts about some of the Wishers who are out there living The Good Life! My goal is to have information available at the click of a picture for people who might be considering the adoption of a Winnie’s Wish cat. These stories will hopefully be testament to the fact that even though a Wisher might be halfway across the country from the adopter, those adopters say it was absolutely worth it to go the extra mile. And for those Wishers who required a little more patience, their families tell me it was worth it beyond a doubt. Barb, however, says that JoJo never required much at all. She says JoJo was quite the easy cat. Barb also says at the end of this story that she is pretty sure JoJo is happy. Yes, Barb – I’m pretty sure, too!
Now, in Barb’s words:
What do I say about JoJo. She is a cat like no other I have ever had, and I have had several over the years. So loving, a definite lap cat, which I asked for. She doesn’t get much sleep because I am up and down a lot but she doesn’t seem to mind. I love to watch her “sneak” onto my lap. There are days when I don’t want her there and she will get on the arm of the chair and move so slowly you can barely see. It really is funny to watch and she is so determined. Often when I lose interest in watching her I suddenly realize she is curled up on my lap. Very good at what she does.
First let me tell you why, for the first time, I am the mother of two cats. JoJo’s older brother is Tiger. We took him in after he planted himself on my daughter’s front porch and refused to leave. She, having four cats of her own, asked me if we would take him. My husband said sure. He was retired and I still worked full time so was company for him. Later as my husband got sick, Tiger was a great comfort. So after my husband died, Tiger did nothing but sleep and eat. I decided he needed a companion to get him some exercise. Fortunately, I think for JoJo and I say that because she is well spoiled, my sister had dealing with the Kennel at Chrystal’s and so she knew about the cats.
I had always wanted a calico and was looking for a lap cat, since Tiger was not big on being handled. This was back in 2012 I think. As luck would have it Chrystal had rescued this calico kitten. I couldn’t decide between JoJo and another but finally picked her after Chrystal told me she was very loving. I live probably over an hour from Chrystal’s. We met half way so that I could adopt her. Chrystal told me of issues, a weepy eye, which she told me was not uncommon among kittens who did not start out in the best of conditions. I signed the contract – Chrystal doesn’t give her babies away without being sure they go to a good home. I am glad she thought I had one. And we went home.
I had read about how to introduce an old resident cat to a new one, putting the new one in a room by itself so that they could sniff each other out. It said 3 days was a good length of time but within only one or two I opened the door and these two were fine. I am not sure I even needed to do that. It was like love at first sight. I was one of the lucky ones. I don’t recall any adjustment problems with JoJo. Her weepy eye cleared up in a year or so and was never a problem.
I think JoJo could get along with any cat. She loves to play and has gotten Tiger out of his slump and there are times when I have to break them up because of all the noise and running. They sometimes sound like they are mad at each other, and I guess they could be. Other times JoJo lies quietly so Tiger can groom her.
From what I have seen and read, Winnie’s Wish is the second best thing, second only to a forever home of course, that can happen to a cat. I know some of those cats and kittens have had a really hard life and some I guess do have a hard time adjusting but they have a great start with Chrystal.
I certainly recommend contacting Winnie’s Wish if you see a cat or kitten you could love. I am pretty sure JoJo is happy.