Say Hello to My Little Friend!

A few weeks ago I took a trip to the local chapter of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) because I missed my little friend. After perusing for a bit, just to look, I encountered a declawed little orange cat that the staff told me was really sweet.

“Can I see her?” I asked.

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The cat was sleeping by standing up and basically just lowering her head, face down, on a blanket. I’d never seen anything like it and wondered if the cat was alright, mentally and physically.

“Oh, she is silly,” the little gal from the SPCA informed me. “She is super friendly and sweet and loves being held. Here, hold her!”

And before I knew it, the little sleeping beauty known as Dandelion was shoved into my chest and immediately started purring.

“What do you think?” the girl from the SPCA asked, clearly seeing the cat had an effect on me.

“Well I don’t know,” I said, further explaining that I had just lost my beloved cat and wasn’t sure if I was ready for another animal.

Rebound relationships are bad enough, I thought to myself, I don’t want a rebound pet.

“Why don’t you foster her!” she told me. “You can keep her for a few weeks as it would be better for her to be out of here and away from other cats.”

“I need to sleep on it,” I told her.

So I did and on July 18th, I brought Dandelion home to foster. She immediately went under the bed to hide and I figured we would have a few days before we would become acquainted with one another. Nope, 15 minutes later…something very similar to this happened.

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And 30 minutes into her visit, Dandelion (known as “Dandy” in my household…aka me) made herself completely at home.

That night, she jumped into the bed to lay down and immediately started licking my face.

“This is where we draw the line my friend,” I informed her.

I took her to the vet on July 28th just to get her checked out and she came back with a clean bill of health. The vet thinks she is close to 3-4 years of age due to tartar build up. I did ask about her short tail (which you can see in the picture below) and the vet thinks it was broken when she was little. But, she appears to not have any pain associated with it, so it gives her character! I even visited with the vet and technician that helped in putting Chyna (my previous cat) to sleep.

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On August 2nd, I officially adopted Dandelion!

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27 thoughts on “Say Hello to My Little Friend!

    • She has been a great companion and an excellent fit to my lifestyle. I won’t lie, at first I was worried I was getting a “rebound cat” if you will. I didn’t want to feel like I had replaced my previous cat. And I don’t. This one has a completely different personality. She is a new friend.

      Perhaps this is how people with children view having multiples. I can’t speak to that, not having any of my own, but just an idea.

      When you feel ready, I’d encourage you to look at your options. In my local area, our SPCA allowed me to foster the pet for a few weeks. It gave her a chance to have a nice home and to try out our situation. It turned out to be a good fit for both of us. That is an option for you to find the right new friend if you desire. I definitely understand loss and I sympathize with you. I also know that my new friend needed a good home. I am glad to have given it to her and she is now a permanent resident.

      Just some food for thought.

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