Sometimes you find love in unexpected places. It creeps up on you and when you realize it’s real, you know you have to have them in your life full time. You even ask them to move in, and you’ve only known them for 2 weeks.
You make lists of things that you think you want: Playful, short hair, dark complexion. Declawed.
And then you go to the cat shelter–just to volunteer, just to look. You go in thinking you know who you’d want if you adopted another cat to be a playmate for your current cat, Biddy.
But as you’re playing with that cat, you look over in the corner and spot this precocious furball observing all of the other cats like an anthropologist. He looks just like Biddy, but much thinner and with longer hair.
Much to your surprise, he’s exceedingly friendly. As you pet him, a kitten plays with his tail, and he doesn’t even care.
The shelter calls him Sidney.
You return the next week, convinced that another cat will captivate you. But again, all you want to do is hang out with Sidney. Not only is he incredibly sweet, but you think he might be the perfect buddy for Biddy. Biddy needs a calm cat who will wait for Biddy to come to him.
So you sleep on it, and it still feels right, so you go back and adopt Sidney….
And so I adopted my second cat, Walter, as a pet for my first cat, Biddy. This also, in my opinion, unlocked my official designation as a "cat lady" (a term that isn’t very flattering for men like me who own cats).
I don’t know Walter’s exact age or history. From what I’ve gathered from the adoption shelter and Walter’s diary, he spent the first year of his life outdoors until he was brought in by animal control. When I met him, he appeared to be one of the more reserved, timid cats at the shelter, so I thought he wouldn’t be a risk to threaten Biddy.
I’ve discovered over time that Walter actually has a lot of personality and even some well-intentioned aggression. Unlike Biddy, Walter really wants to play with other animals. He’ll stalk and pounce on Biddy, and he’s been very curious and bold the few times a dog has been in the house.
Life really has been good for both Biddy and myself since Walter came to stay.
Author: Jamey Stegmaier
Photographer: Jamey Stegmaier
Originally posted to http://jameystegmaier.com and reposted with the permission of the creator.
About the Author: Jamey lives in St. Louis with his two cats. When not running a board game company he enjoys writing, reading, cooking, and playing soccer.
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