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. Tulip was a cat who was going to be hard to place. Most people who find Winnie’s Wish are people who already have a cat or cats. Tulip was a Wisher who did NOT care for other felines. I worried that she might never be chosen because I couldn’t see a scenario where someone out there would be in need of a cat . . . and only ONE cat. But the perfect family came along. I think you’ll be able to see from reading this story that Tulip’s family certainly believes It Was Worth It.
Because our family cat had passed away, my husband and I were in search of a cat. When we began our search, we identified a few criteria to keep in mind while during our search:
- we are a one-cat-at-a-time family
- we did not want a kitten
- it would need to be a cat that could tolerate our young grandchildren
- it would need to be an independent cat since we have 4 granddogs that visit and are inside dogs
While reading the profiles on Chrystal's blog one day, I ran across Tulip. She was described as a cat who "keeps to herself and does not socialize with other cats." Her entire profile described our "perfect" cat.
On the day that I picked Tulip up, she was already sitting on the carrier when Chrystal and I entered the Cat House. After I had had a tour and it was time to go, Tulip had already entered the carrier on her own. She was patiently waiting for me to take her home. She slept on the entire 1+ hour-long ride home. Tulip entered our house and immediately fit right into our lives as though she had simply been away on vacation.
She snuggles on her terms only. That often means that she wants to sleep on our shoulders without being touched. The one exception is our 6-year-old granddaughter. Tulip will snuggle with her anytime that she is still. They have their own morning routine for slowly waking up on the couch together. The picture with the crown shows just how well she gets along with that particular granddaughter. ;) She will also place herself in "strategic" locations in order to get our attention when she wants it. Hence, the picture of her on the shovel.
Tulip enjoys her own version of antagonizing our granddogs. The picture of her with the Husky indicates one of them. She will often just stare into the water bowl so that they cannot have a drink. She has been known to sit there as long as 30 minutes. When she decides to move away, she can take an inordinate amount of time stretching before she walks off. She hides in various spots in the house so that when they walk by she can jump out and scare them. They are intimidated by her, and she uses that fact for her own pleasure and entertainment.
Tulip has been here long enough that she sometimes goes into the yard with us now. These pictures show Tulip's personality so well. :) She looked so pretty sitting in the chair that I grabbed my camera. (I actually have tons of pictures of her!) She continued to stare straight ahead as I repeatedly said, "Kitty, kitty. Come on, Tulip. Look at me." You can see what she did in response when I finally said, "Tulip! Look at me so I can take your picture!" That is our life with Tulip: completely on her terms. And we wouldn't have it any other way. :D
This last picture may be the front of our Christmas card this year.
We love Tulip, and can't remember life without her!