Oh boy oh boy oh boy! How do I begin?
Some of you might remember the story of a group of six feral kittens from years ago. Three were polydactyls and three were not. One little poly (Mitts) was adopted while still a kitten because she tamed MUCH more quickly than did the others. She was later (through unusual circumstances) discovered to be very very sick. Mitts ended up back with me. After quite a struggle to keep her alive, she was eventually adopted by a wonderful young couple – J and B. Mitts finally had her forever home. But it wasn’t long before I heard from J and B. They couldn’t stop thinking about Mitts’ sister Spritz. Spritz was the one cat from that feral litter who had never tamed enough to be “adoptable.” Mitts and Spritz were close, and they wished they could offer Spritz the possibility of a forever home with her sister. I knew this would be a very difficult adoption. I knew it would take a very long time for Spritz to adjust in a home . . . IF she ever did at all. J and B were still willing to give it a try. I knew it was Spritz’s only chance.
Fast forward. Mitts and Spritz are living The Good Life with J and B. It took a long time, but Spritz is a completely adjusted, happy gal walking around acting like she was never the SUPER-FERAL that she once was. And J and B love their girls. J emailed a couple of weeks ago to tell me she was sorry she had not had time to write up her “It Was Worth It” story about Mitts and Spritz. I emailed back asking if she knew I had another polydactyl? She said she thought she'd read that at some point but there were worries about how Spritz might react to an addition to their family. J said – Can you send me a picture?
I sent the pictures (several of course) and J emailed that she would talk to B. After that we were engaged in a conversation about Spritz. It had taken a long time to bring Spritz around and now she had such a great life. J and B worried that bringing another cat into the family might cause Spritz to regress. I told J that I DID think it would cause Spritz to regress, but that I really thought it would be temporary. After thoughtful consideration on their part, we decided to give this a try. I was SO happy for Sienna. But I had to try to stay somewhat subdued. I knew the kind of people that J and B were. They were maybe the two most patient people on the planet. Anybody who could have taken Spritz and turned her into what she is now is truly a miracle worker. I knew they would have NO problem waiting on Sienna to adjust. But I also knew they didn’t want to lose what they had worked so hard for with Spritz.
I waited with a nervous stomach for updates.
When I first heard from J she said that Sienna had mostly been hiding. J was getting her out every night and putting Sienna in her lap to love on her. Mitts had hissed but that was it. Spritz, however, was 100% against this intruder. She was hissing and running away at every sighting of Sienna. In addition, let me share this from J’s first email because even though I was holding my breath while reading, I actually laughed out loud when I read this - She also likes to "sing the song of her people" in the wee hours of the morning which none of us are used to...😁 We are hoping that will soon pass! I’m sure it wasn’t funny for J and B to be awakened early every morning with Sienna’s long song, but it sure did tickle me when I read it. J went on to say that Sienna was beginning to like the attention she was getting from her new mom.
I met J and B a week and a half ago to hand over Sienna. I wasn’t really sure how long before J and B would feel like they knew if it would all work out. But early yesterday morning I received this email from J - Go ahead and write about Sienna on the blog. She has found her forever home with us. Spritz is SLOWLY warming up to her...Spritz is a momma’s girl and is just mad at me for now. I couldn't bring Sienna back. She has bonded to me so fast and you can tell she is happy here. She will eventually fit in well with the other two. Today I caught Mitts giving her licks on the head...she has adjusted quite well and Spritz will eventually warm up to her as well. Thanks Chrystal!
I literally could have flown to the moon and back. THIS is what makes what I do worth it!!!
See you tomorrow.