It was wonderful to post about Star being adopted. You might remember that Star was living in my upstairs cat room (when the girls moved out, one of their rooms became a cat room – imagine that!). When Star moved from my downstairs bathroom (where she was when she first came to me very very sick) and into her new larger world, I was afraid she would be lonely. We are in and out of the bathroom all the time, but I knew I wouldn’t be in that “cat room” nearly as often. So I asked my daughters to pick out a shelter kitten about Star’s size to come and be company for Star. I knew they would pick a kitten that needed “a little extra.” That way everybody wins. Storm is the kitten they brought – a very shy, solid black kitten who didn’t interact with the staff or the other kittens. Star and Storm eventually became friends. They did ALOT of playing together.
When my daughters found out that Star was being adopted (so quickly), they said Storm could come back to the kitten room at the shelter. But I couldn’t do it. She has become SUCH a happy kitten here. She loves her room. She loves to play. She loves me. And I discovered very quickly that she LOVED Star. I told the girls I wanted to continue to foster Storm and hope that maybe she could be adopted from here. Of course, we don’t adopt out black cats during the month of October. But I was willing to keep her long past the end of this month if that’s how long it took. I told my girls that I would keep her here and advertise her on their shelter FB page. And I told them that we’d have to start thinking about a friend for Storm.
Star left on a Wednesday evening. That night when we returned from the transport, I sat for a while in the “cat room” and petted and played with Storm. Early Thursday morning, I was downstairs just getting the coffee on when I heard crying from upstairs. Sometimes Analeigh gets trapped in our bedroom when we close the door and come downstairs for the day. It didn’t really sound like her, but in the back of my drowsy mind (a mind that had not yet had coffee), I thought no more about it. I sat at the computer posting to my blog and drinking my coffee. The crying started again. Ah. I forgot to check for Analeigh. So I went upstairs and swung open the bedroom door. No Analeigh. Then there was the cry . . . coming from the cat room. I opened the door and Storm rushed to me. It put a lump in my throat. Oh, poor baby. She had only ever known this room WITH a Star in it. I told her I’d get right to work finding her a friend. I texted both of my daughters that day and told them not to leave work without a kitten friend for Storm. They said they would get right to work on it. Storm cried all day.
Thursday evening, a cat carrier arrived with a new friend for Storm. Her name is Tuna. She is a black-and-white kitten who had a seriously infected tail. The tail was amputated so now she is a bobtail. VERY shy. And like Storm, no kitten friends at the shelter. She seemed to be the perfect solution to our lonely Storm problem.
Of course, she hid for the first couple of days. Now she will come close to me when I’m feeding canned food; and if I corner her, I can pet her and she purrs. We’ll get there. From downstairs, I hear romping and playing in that room. Storm hasn’t cried a single time since Tuna entered her world.
This post is mostly about Storm – being left behind when Star was adopted. It’s about Tuna, too, but mostly it’s about Storm. So here’s a video of this gorgeous kitten. She will be available for adoption through the shelter on November 1st. Wish with me, Friends, that she can be adopted straight into a forever home from here.
Have a great weekend.